After setting up Women Police Stations across the State, the West Bengal Government is setting another example by forming Child-friendly Police Stations.
As a start-up, some police stations in Paschim Medinipur district have been identified. Such police stations will help the children to file their complaints in a friendlier atmosphere. Also, children, who have committed offences, will be dealt according to their age.
The Police Department is framing a guideline for the Child-friendly police stations and will also provide special training to the officers who will be in charge of those. It has been decided that a Child Welfare Officer will be designated in these police stations. A separate register will also be in place for the children who would lodge complaints.
Besides administrative measures, infrastructure will be put in place like proper sitting area for children, basic amenities like drinking water, proper toilets. Also, the Child-friendly police stations will organize community programmes to create awareness regarding child security.