Karnataka DG&IGP Praveen Sood said that the situation with respect to COVID-19 escalated so quickly that the police were caught off-guard. There was no specific protocol to follow, and no scope to conduct any orientation, drill or training.
Also, over the past few weeks, the police has been entrusted an increasing number of duties – from giving security to hospital staff, to being involved with food supply to low-income groups. Police is still learning and adapting, and will take stock of its performance and shortcomings once the situation settles, says Sood.
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