UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev on Wednesday raised concern over the plight of lower rung police staff. Delivering a lecture on the first day of a two day conference on smart policing at the UT guest house, the adviser said not much was being done to keep police personnel from the rank of constable to inspector motivated.
Dev said since joining office, he had been informed by various sources that senior police officials never bothered to know as to how a beat constable or an assistant sub-inspector working as an investigating officer or a station house officer was arranging expenses for carrying out investigations.
Giving an example, he said an investigating officer travels to different districts and far-flung areas to probe the cases but senior officials never inquired from them as to how they arranged transport and how much money they had to spend.
The adviser asked the senior police officials attending the conference to focus on such things in order to strengthen policing and removing undue financial burden on lower-ranked officials, who were the backbone of the department.
While the UT adviser was delivering the lecture, police personnel deployed in the band, mounted staff and those at the reception, who were on duty since 8 am, were not even offered tea, water or refreshments.
A woman sub-inspector deployed at the reception, seeking anonymity, said special instructions were given to personnel below the rank of inspector not to have refreshments in the guesthouse. An inspector could have refreshments after taking permission from senior officials, she said.
Around eight mounted cops were deployed on horses to welcome the VVIPs since 8 am. Officials, however, started coming in at about 10 am. Keeping the horses calm in the hot weather was extremely difficult, said a cop on the condition of anonymity. The cop said the personnel had to go from one place to another in search of a glass of water.
Senior superintendent of police Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill did not respond to calls and messages to comment on the issue.
Various sessions on smart policing were held during the conference. Establishment of smart police stations, smart traffic management, police accountability, police-public interface and community policing were discussed. The workshop is being organised by the Bureau of Police Research and Development and the ministry of home affairs in association with the Chandigarh Police.