Staff Correspondent

Force working only with 935 personnel

‘The actual requirement is 5,400 men’

HUBLI: Proposals for setting up three more police stations in the twin cities and a request for sanctioning staff for the Hubli airport are before the State Government.

Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar told presspersons here on Wednesday that the twin cities police was understaffed.

Mr. Auradkar said that the twin cities with a nine lakh population required around 5,400 police personnel, as per the recommendation of the Police Commission.

“However, we are working only with 935 personnel and even in the sanctioned strength of the force, there were around 100 vacancies. Due to this constraint, our personnel are over worked. I hope the vacancies will be filled at the earliest,” he said.

The number of cases registered in the twin cities was between 3,000 and 3,500 a year.

The Police Commissioner said that although investigation and prosecution remained the priority of the police, the recent focus was to return recovered property to owners.

He said that 96 per cent of the recovered property had been returned to the rightful owners during the year.

As part of the Crime Prevention Week, the police were organising public awareness programmes, including street plays, processions and exhibitions, he said.

To a query, he said that a new scheme, “Your Companion”, a mobile police unit, had received good response with an average of eight complaints being registered every day.

The Commissioner said that not all complaints received were pertaining to the department. “Complaints pertain to bad roads, noise pollution and other issues,” he said.