Lucknow: The ambitious Uttar Pradesh Police emergency system, UP 100, saved 858 lives by timely intervention in suicide attempts across the state in the past one year, officials said on Wednesday, adding that 134 people were saved daily in road accidents.
The service received 15,954 distress calls of suicides being committed or in progress and the fast response ensured that the police reached the crime scene, broke open a bolted door and barged in to save a life, officials said on the first foundation day of the service.
The police in Ghaziabad received the first prize for the fastest response to a call by reaching the crime scene in 14.59 minutes, said Additional Director General (ADG) UP 100, Aditya Mishra at a press conference.
Mishra said that the second slot was won by Muzaffarnagar (16.06 minutes) and third by the police in Noida which took 16.06 minutes.
Mishra also said that the three districts excelled in a system where the average response time in the last one year has been 15.23 minutes. “We are trying to improve it further across the board and bring it down to 15 minutes.”
A fleet of 1,500 two-wheelers would soon be assimilated in the system, he added.
Superintendent of Police for UP 100, Mohammad Imran, said they had “challenged themselves by setting a target of picking 98 per cent calls within five seconds”, adding that “the system has consistently exceeded that benchmark and currently 99.75 per cent calls received are answered within five seconds”.