A major reshuffle of Chandigarh police officers was done prior to the Lok Sabha elections by senior authorities here on Monday. Following directions of the election commission, officers serving for more than three years at the same department, were transferred.The Chandigarh police have given more responsibility to women cops, perhaps for the first time, across the city. The city now has two women DSPs and station-house officers (SHOs), besides a police-post incharge. As of now, the Chandigarh police have 1,000 women cops out of the total 6,100.
UT inspector general of police (IGP) RP Upadhyaya said women cops had been posted as DSP, SHOs and even police post incharge, keeping in view the increasing number of crime against women. "It is also in recognition of their hard work. The effort is also aimed at helping the women victims, so that they can discuss their problems freely with women officers," he added.
Special squads of women cops in police control vehicles have also been set up. Chepyala Anjitha has been appointed as DSP East, the post which fell vacant after the death of Vijay Kumar last month. The women cell is being headed by women DSP Kamla Meena.
The city has two women station house officers, including Poonam Dilwari who is appointed as a SHO in Sector 19, and Harjit Kaur, who is already serving as SHO at the Sector 3 police station. Sub-inspector Mini has been appointed as Lake police-post incharge, while Kuldeep Kaur has been posted with the police control room (PCR), being the first woman inspector to be posted with it.
Deputy superintendant of police (DSP) Satbir Singh, who has been heading the crime unit for more than three years, has been given the charge of DSP operations, while DSP operations, Jagbir Singh, has been appointed as DSP crime.
According to the orders, the appointment of three station-house officers -Dilsher Singh - Sector 17, Malkit Singh - Sector 11, and Gurmukh Singh - Sector 39, was confirmed. As many as 39 police post in charge were also changed.