Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A grading system has been introduced to evaluate the performance of Inspectors at the police station level in Chennai. According to police sources, Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran has given a yardstick of ten points that would be used to grade the performance.

The number of cases under investigation, pending non-bailable arrest warrants and grave offences are some of the parameters. “By the end of July, all police stations would be graded as ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ based on the performance of the Inspectors. Those found to be coming under the category ‘C’ would be given three months’ time to improve. Appropriate action would be taken if the performance remains poor,” a senior police official said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Central) V.A. Ravikumar said the grading system was bound to improve the performance of police personnel. “Since performance grading will be taken on record, it is a professional recognition for the Inspector and he/she can function with more moral courage. It is a testimony to one’s performance…” However, the grading system would not be uniform to all the functions of Inspectors in rural police stations like Nolambur and Villivakkam were of a different nature, he said. Each of the 85 police stations in Chennai Police has one Inspector for law and order and another for crime. These inspectors would now be graded by their respective Deputy Commissioners of Police. Similarly, the Chennai Suburban Police Commissioner S.R. Jangid has introduced a ‘peformance index system’ to grade police officials, including Assistant Commissioners of Police, police sources said.