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Public Private Partnership in Policing (Kolkata Case Study) 2005 – 2010. Public Private Partnership in Policing. India’s cities are expanding and growing every year with infrastructure unable to keep pace with the urban growth. Policing is now a steep challenge for the state to handle alone.

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Public Private Partnership in Policing(Kolkata Case Study)2005 – 2010


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Public Private Partnership in Policing

  • India’s cities are expanding and growing every year with infrastructure unable to keep pace with the urban growth.

  • Policing is now a steep challenge for the state to handle alone.

  • Public Private Partnership can help in assisting the state both financially and logistically.

  • Sound business models can help harness the potential of such an arrangement, thereby freeing resources of the State.

  • Ensures win-win situations for all partners.


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Kolkata Police Booths

  • The police booths in Kolkata are the result of an innovative initiative by the Government of West Bengal.

  • This was the brainchild of the Commissioner of Police and supported by the Honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal.

  • After careful screening, SIPL was identified as the company to partner with in 2005.

  • 90 booths were installed strategically across Kolkata within six months.

  • The booths are impact resistance and made of pre-fabricated fiberglass material to ensure least maintenance with maximum aesthetics. Designs based on safety and cost effectiveness with relocation criterion.


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Hon. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya inaugurating a police booth, escorted by Commissioner of Police Shri. Prasun Mukherjee (IPS) in 2005.


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Kolkata Police Booths police booth, escorted by Commissioner of Police Shri. Prasun Mukherjee (IPS) in 2005.

  • This project was a tripartite partnership between Kolkata Police, KMC (Kolkata Municipal Corporation) and SIPL.

  • The idea was simplicity in genius-

    • Kolkata Police gave out locations for police booths to SIPL.

    • All requisite permissions were obtained as a single window clearance.

    • Technical design, logistics and capital investment for installation and maintenance of booths completely handled by SIPL.

    • Revenue generated by advertisement space atop the Police Booth.

    • Mobile maintenance teams of SIPL address any complaints within 2 hours ensuring trouble free operations to the Police.

    • Electricity charges borne by SIPL.

    • Advertisement tax revenue generated to KMC.


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Infrastructure in Booths police booth, escorted by Commissioner of Police Shri. Prasun Mukherjee (IPS) in 2005.

  • One folding table and three chairs for police personnel.

  • Steel lockable cupboard for document storage.

  • Electricity switchboard for use by the personnel.

  • Ceiling Fans and Tube Lights.

  • Rechargeable Emergency Lights in case of power cuts.

  • Jug to store drinking water for police personnel.

  • First Aid Kits for any accidents to public at large.


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Police Booths police booth, escorted by Commissioner of Police Shri. Prasun Mukherjee (IPS) in 2005.


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Advantages to State police booth, escorted by Commissioner of Police Shri. Prasun Mukherjee (IPS) in 2005.

  • Kolkata Police got an extensive infrastructure at zero capital investment.

  • Logistics and financial liability of the same handled by the private partner.

  • Kolkata Police has no revenue expenditure towards electricity or maintenance for booths.

  • State bears no capital cost and generates revenue as well.

    • KMC receives advertisement tax for the same.


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Civic Benefits of Project police booth, escorted by Commissioner of Police Shri. Prasun Mukherjee (IPS) in 2005.

  • Greater confidence and reassurance to public and commuters.

  • Acts as an Assistance Posts for tourists.

  • Increases the operational strength of the police force.

  • Offers better security cover in case of incidents.

  • The posts act as local and field vigilance posts.

  • Drastically improves response time for police.

  • Complaints can be addressed on the spot.


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Policing Benefits police booth, escorted by Commissioner of Police Shri. Prasun Mukherjee (IPS) in 2005.

  • Instills confidence in population with high visibility day and night with a people friendly image.

  • Increases accountability of the police personnel at duty during night time, as they are locationally identified.

  • Operates as effective sealing of escapes routes in case of robberies, hit and run accidents.

  • Offers all weather shelter to on duty personnel.

  • Acts as an outpost for mobile patrolling.

  • Does away with the psychological barrier of reporting to a police station.


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Conclusion police booth, escorted by Commissioner of Police Shri. Prasun Mukherjee (IPS) in 2005.

  • As seen in Kolkata, public private partnerships in policing can and do work.

  • From 90 booths in 2005, Kolkata now has 130 live police booths up and running.

  • The key is not to view this as CSR- need for a financially sound revenue generating business model.

  • Not just deployment, sustenance and maintenance should be handled by private partner.

  • The same model can be taken forward and replicated in other cities as well.


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Thank You police booth, escorted by Commissioner of Police Shri. Prasun Mukherjee (IPS) in 2005.


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