For Schoolkids, It’s Time For Coffee With City Top Cop | Coimbatore News – Times of India

Coimbatore: Coffee with commissioner of police (CoP) programme got off to a flying start on Tuesday, with nearly 75 students from both the corporation and private schools making the best use of the opportunity to interact with city top cop V Balakrishnan.
When a girl student from the Corporation Higher Secondary School at Peelamedu asked the city police commissioner to provide some tips to escape from the troublemakers in this time of growing crimes against children, he advised them to raise a loud alarm first to draw attention of the public. He also asked them to learn basic self-defence techniques to protect themselves.
Some students told the city police commissioner that they were learning karate and silambam as a means of self-defence. He asked one of them to demonstrate martial arts skills.
“Many people are not aware about basic laws. When some people stage a sit-in on the road to demand the government to fulfil their demands, they are obstructing the routine life of other people. Such a protest is against the law. Our activities should not hurt others. If they hurt others, it will be a crime,” Balakrishnan said.
Organized by NGO Dr Kalam Foundation, the programme was held at the city police commissionerate on the day. The NGO hinted that the plan was to organize Coffee with CoP once a month.
Addressing the media, the city top cop said the students were imparted lessons in protecting themselves from the drug abuse and sexual harassment. “We have sensitized the school children on how to lead a life without involving any crimes. Similar programmes will be conducted for all the corporation school students.”
Balakrishnan said around 500 Ganesh idols were installed in the city this year. “Police will provide adequate protection to the idols. To maintain communal harmony, we have held meetings with the right wing and Islamic organizations. If anyone is trying to create problems during the festival, they will face the music.”