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MANGALORE: Dakshina Kannada police have inducted a Rapid Intervention Vehicle to their fleet to handle unruly crowds. The rapid intervention vehicle is a modified jeep that can penetrate any type of crowd and provide security to personnel travelling in it.
Using the vehicle, police can fire teargas shells, make public announcements through megaphone, record video footing and carry out other functions that will help them in handling law and order problems. The vehicle contains emergency and safety equipment such as portable fire extinguishers, first aid kit and a portable generator.
There are also provisions for a water cooler and thermos flask that are required for the staff when they are on long hours of duty or travel.
At present, it is used as a command vehicle for the Superintendent of Police and will follow the official staff vehicle during any law and order situation. The vehicle is manned by specially-trained personnel.
The team travelling by the vehicle includes women police personnel to handle women agitators, and plainclothesmen. A laptop equipped with GIS software is also available in the vehicle, with the help of which geographical information of the district integrated with police security details can be accessed by the Superintendent of Police and his team during large-scale security arrangements such as elections and VIP visits.
The jeep has two multi teargas shell launchers, four heavy duty search lights, public address system with siren, stone guards for all windows, in-built four-stroke generator, new flashy top lights for better visibility, upper exit windows for policemen to stand and operate teargas launchers, and a video camera.
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