Bhubaneswar: The safety and security of tourists is essential for any destination striving to increase its popularity among visitors. More and more countries are introducing tourist police units to help safeguard the interests of the tourists. Thus, the police are an important part of any destination image. Effective and focused use of the “tourist police” can help reduce crimes against tourists.
Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty stated this while inaugurating the 15-day training programme for Tourist Police organised by Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management, Bhubaneswar sponsored by Odisha Tourism.
72 designated police officers from eight Tourist Police Stations of Odisha have been identified for training. On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, IITTM Bhubaneswar had conducted the study on Functioning of Tourist Police in the States and UTs under the leadership of Prof S K Lenka, Nodal Officer IITTM Bhubaneswar during the 2015-16 financial year.
Prof S. K. Lenka said that based on this study report Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India requested all the state governments to organise training for their tourist police to cater to the needs of tourists and improve the quality of police service in different tourist destinations.
Nirmal Chandra Mishra, Director, Odisha Tourism and Sagnik Chowdhury, Regional Director, India Tourism, Govt of India were also present on this occasion. The vote of thanks was given by the training coordinator, Dr. Adyasha Das. Senior officials of the Police and Tourism Department were also present on this occasion. The training programme will be conducted in two batches of 36 participants in each.