Punjab on Wednesday claimed to have become the first state in the country to separate investigation functions from law and order duties, with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal launching the Bureau of Investigation (BoI) to bring all investigation staff from different units under a unified command.
The move has been initiated by the state government as part of the police reforms and also to speed up tardy investigations across the state.
The new wing was also needed as most police officers in Punjab, especially those directly involved or associated with investigations of various criminal cases, were found to be invariably stuck in VIP duties.
During a function at the police headquarters here, where he was accompanied by director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini, the deputy CM said the new wing would be responsible for investigations right from the police station level to the district level and even the headquarters here.
"Separate staff has been earmarked for investigations at all three levels," he said, adding that the new wing would ensure professional and time-bound investigations.
Sukhbir specified that the investigation wing staff would not be diverted for other duties.
He added that the BoI would initially have 7,772 personnel (about 10% of the state police's strength) on its rolls. He said the investigation staff at the police station level would comprise investigation units, pairvi units and woman staff and would work under the incharge, investigation.
Saini stated that district and commissionerate-level wings would comprise the CIA (crime investigation agency) staff, the economic offences wing (EOW), crime against women wing, various police stations, the district crime records bureau (DCRB) and the district legal support unit.
It will be headed at the district/commissionerate level by the superintendent of police/additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP), investigation. He added that at the state headquarters, the new wing would comprise the BoI headquarters (earlier, crime wing), zonal offices, state cyber crime police station, state crime branch police station, EOW and the state crime records bureau (SCRB).
The DGP stated that in the latest cadre review, the post of ADGP (crime) had been proposed for abolition and the new post of director, bureau of investigation, was being created
He said separate rooms had been earmarked for the investigation staff at police stations and an amount of Rs 8 crore had been spent on the renovation of police stations, purchase of investigation officers' (IO) kits, and construction of toilets for women. He added that vehicles and IO kits had also been made available to the investigation wing so that it could commence its work independently.
Saini said the new wing would also be equipped with mobile forensic evidence collection units, regional FSLs (forensic science labs), modern cyber crime unit, modern interview rooms as well as modern woman police stations in all districts.
Bureau of Investigation, with 7,772 personnel on its rolls initially, to bring all investigation staff from different units under unified command
Separate staff earmarked for investigations at three levels -- police station, district/commissionerate concerned and headquarters
New wing to ensure professional and time-bound investigations