Panel recommends separation of investigative and law enforcement agencies in Chandigarh police
The one-member police reform commission, in a report submitted on Saturday to UT administrator and governor of Punjab, Vice President Singh Badnore, recommended the separation of the investigative and police services. policing of the Chandigarh police for better efficiency. The report states that when the same staff are assigned to investigations and law enforcement duties, it cascades the investigation and causes delays.
Friendly strength and thanas
The panel, which was chaired by KB Singh, a former IPS officer and former ADC to the governor of Punjab, further recommended making the police and the thanas friendlier. He said the number of police stations and subdivisions should be increased for better reach. The drum machines need to be made more efficient and a large part of the grievances need to be resolved at the drum machine level so that people do not have to go to the police stations. A new design and the required infrastructure at the stand level were also proposed.
The report says that in police stations there should be a separate area where people can enter and register their complaints. This should be under closed circuit television (CCTV) camera surveillance and there should be a dedicated receptionist to guide visitors.
“When entering a police station, a person often feels lost. He does not know where to file his complaint and who to contact. So all police stations should have a reception area with a dedicated receptionist to help the person, ”Singh said, adding that every complaint should be registered here first. It will also eliminate the chances that the cops will later say that they haven’t received the complaint.
On the cop force
The report states that the number of sanctioned police officers is adequate in Chandigarh and does not suggest any change in the current ratio of deployment of DANIPS cadres and local promoted officers. However, the police need more ministerial staff. To increase the possibilities for promotion of inspectors to DSP posts, deputy commander posts should be revived, he recommends.
There are around 6,000 to 7,000 people in the Chandigarh Police Department. Of that number, 600 to 700 are in the traffic wing. There are other departments in the police, including law and order, operational cell, criminal branch, economic offenses wing, CID, PCR, among other departments. Currently, the city is run by a DGP and DIG as well as two SSPs and two SPs, one ASP and 18 DSPs. A DSP works with the administration of the UT within the vigilance service.
As for the traffic police, the report says that the CCTV coverage should be increased at the bright spots, because even now around 100 spots are not covered. Cabins for traffic officers should be developed as facilitation centers with toilets, etc. And these should be equipped with the latest gadgets, he recommends.
Women police stations, cybercrime and EOW
The commission also recommended the construction of five additional police stations in the city and a special thana for the economic offenses wing. Women at the police station shouldn’t have male police officers, he says. The report places particular emphasis on the fight against cybercrime. A separate police station for the cyber cell, which is currently housed at Sector 17 police station, is expected to be in place. Experts in the field should be hired as cybercrime is becoming a challenge every day, he says.
Recruitment and training
The commission called for revising the criteria for recruiting police officers and assistant sub-inspectors by introducing the program during training to make them more compassionate and empathetic. The report also emphasizes the modernization of weapons and the addition of additional vehicles for transport and patrols.
Regarding the coordination with the neighboring police, it is said that there should be more coordination from the SHO level from the border districts to the SPs and then to the high level officers at frequent intervals.
The administrator, after receiving the report, said he was confident that implementing the recommendations made by the commission would help make the Chandigarh Police Force a more responsive, robust and effective force. The implementation of the report should be carried out by the local administration in consultation with the Ministry of the Interior.