In a move to connect with citizens in Mumbai directly, the Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Pandey has reached shared his personal mobile phone number on Facebook with a special post seeking their full support and inclusiveness in better policing in the city.
In the Facebook post, Pandey asked citizens to contact him on his Facebook and Twitter profiles that he has been increasingly using to communicate with people.
Pandey said in the post, “While I am familiar with Mumbai, policing has changed from the days when I worked in Mumbai. And it is with this in mind that I am reaching out to you seeking your support to work towards maintaining safety and security for all in our city of Mumbai.”
He added, “I am sharing my personal number. You can always reach out to me on WhatsApp/text messages as well as facebook or Twitter @sanjayp_1. Suggestions big or small are all welcome. I will respond to all the messages as far as possible. I too will share with you what work we are doing on a weekly basis on facebook. I will look forward to hearing from you and working towards our motto of ‘safety and security to all’ in Mumbai.”
Pandey was appointed as the Mumbai police commissioner on March 1.
Pandey had shared his mobile number with police constables when he was the Maharashtra director general of police (DGP) and also interacted with them through social media platforms.
The Uddhav Tahckeray government had removed him from the post of the Maharashtra DGP during the ongoing matter in the Bombay High Court and few days later appointed him as the Mumbai CP after transferring out Hemant Nagrale.
As the DGP Maharashtra, Pandey had written on Facebook earlier talking about the shortage of officers in the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad and invited officers to take up senior posts lying vacant in the agency.