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Complainants must be attended to with care and compassion: Police Commissioner

Making a point: Delhi Police Commissioner Brijesh Gupta addressing the annual press conference on Thursday. - Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
Making a point: Delhi Police Commissioner Brijesh Gupta addressing the annual press conference on Thursday. - Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta on Thursday announced a series of measures that will be taken this year to revamp and strengthen the system of policing in the Capital.

“Tackling street crimes, ensuring safety of senior citizens and woman, taking anti-terror measures, providing people friendly and responsive policing and improving the traffic scenario are the areas that will be given priority this year,” said Mr. Gupta, adding that increased police presence was the key.

Through introduction of new yardsticks for monthly performance appraisal from the level of beat constable to Joint Commissioners of Police, the Police Commissioner intends to increase the efficiency of the field and supervisory officers. “They will be given two or three chances and then appropriate action will be taken against them,” he said.

Stating that complainants must be attended to with care and compassion, Mr. Gupta said cases should be registered promptly. He also warned the officers against delayed action on the pretext of any dispute over jurisdiction. To facilitate easy interaction, the Police Commissioner said more women officers and personnel would be posted in areas housing women colleges or those having predominantly girl students. Maurice Nagar police station, which is to be renamed as North Campus police station, now has a woman Station House Officer with mostly women sub-ordinates.

Mr. Gupta said surprise checking in buses would be carried out to prevent eve-teasing. “It will also help curb pick-pocketing,” he said.

Since most street crimes take place between 8 p.m. and midnight and 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., patrolling will be intensified during this period in vulnerable areas. Once the proposal for high-speed vehicles is cleared, they will be initially used for patrolling in crime prone areas falling under 26 police stations. East patrolling team will comprise a Sub-Inspector.

The force has requested for recruitment of 500 sub-inspectors by forgoing the post of 800 constables.

In the wake of carjacking and house robbery cases, the police have decided to carry out patrolling along railway tracks in East Delhi and on highways.

Identification of crime prone areas, integrated patrolling by the Police Control Room staff, traffic and the local police, and closer surveillance on known criminals are part of the plan for crime control.

“The provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act will be invoked more effectively in all cases involving organised gangs. In cases where criminals are found involved in offences after jumping bail, we are requesting the court concerned to cancel their bails,” said Mr. Gupta.

Besides, the Automated Finger and Palmprint Identification System through which police stations will have access to the fingerprints and other identification particulars of criminals is expected to become functional by January 15.

The Police Commissioner said civilians were being encouraged to help the force maintain law and order and their contributions recognised through rewards and commendation certificates.

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