The role that forensic sciences play in investigation cannot be disputed, but senior Delhi Police officers argue that along with it there is a need to separate investigation responsibilities from the regular law and order duties and technological support.

“At present, the same policemen who are burdened with everyday law and order duties are also entrusted with investigation. The overburdened policeman cannot be expected to shoulder both the responsibilities with the same vigour and energy. The Delhi Police remains on high alert almost all through the year for one reason or the other, leaving little time for the force for investigation. For long there had been a demand for separation of the two responsibilities and an additional post of Inspector (Investigation) was created at police stations across the Capital in 2006, but it proved to be mere structural change in the name of reforms,” said a senior police officer.

The creation of a separate post of Inspector (Investigations) in fact led to ego clashes and lack of coordination with an officer of equal officer being placed above him.

Terming the exercise a “cosmetic measure” and hardly an answer to the larger objective of qualitative investigation, another officer said: “The real solution lies in segregation of responsibilities across the organisational hierarchy and not just at the level of police stations. Separate teams need to be created to deal with different kinds of crimes such as homicide, rape, economic offences and cyber crimes to bring about conspicuous changes in the way investigations are carried out. Also, specialised training should be imparted to them on handling of investigation of these crimes to keep the investigators abreast with the latest crime trends. And they should be promoted and paid accordingly. It is a mammoth exercise and needs diversion of resources and strong will on part of the Government to bring about the changes. Nothing less will do.”

Along with it, the police officers also advocate need for advanced technology such as closed-circuit television cameras and Global Positioning Systems in public transport to help the investigators.