In a bid to make them more efficient, the police will replace carbines and 9 mm pistols, presently used by PCR staff, with MP5 submachine gun and semi-automatic Glock pistols.
Senior officers said the force had been using the 'archaic' carbines and 9 mm pistols for over 25 years. They will now get 1,000 Glock pistols and the same number of MP5 weapons. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved the proposal and the supply of the sophisticated weapons will be made in the next couple of weeks, said a senior police officer.
Sources in Delhi Police said the decision was taken following some recent complaints regarding malfunctioning of the existing 'outdated' weapons. The carbine of a PCR personnel malfunctioned while chasing some criminals in the last week of January.
Another reason is to counter criminals who frequently use firearms during police chases. The PCR staff faced four situations in which they had to open fire in the past two months.
The PCR personnel will undergo training, possibly from March onwards. Experts from the security wing of Delhi Police as well as the NSG will train them.
"We want our PCR staff to be the first responder in a situation where there is a need to counter fire with fire," TN Mohan, special CP (operations) told Hindustan Times.