The Uttarakhand police on Wednesday inducted the first batch of 48 motorcycle-borne policewomen in its “cheetah police” wing to check street crimes on the occasion of the Women’s Day.
Initially, the women constables, who have been provided with black motorcycles–distinguishing them from their male counterparts who ride yellow vehicles–, will be deployed in Dehradun and depending on the success of the wing, it will be extended to other districts in the state, said director general of police MA Ganpathy.
With the induction of the women unit, the cheetah police wing now has 24 special units, Ganpathy said after flagging of the women’s unit at a function in the city.
Cheetah police is a team of bike-borne policemen who rush to spots of incidents as soon as they are reported. This will be the first time that the force will have women constables in the wing, he said.
“It’s a good initiative for providing policewomen more opportunities. We hope the induction of policewomen in the cheetah police will help us to control crime against women.”
He advised the new cheetah police members to be vigilant round the clock and finish their tasks in the quickest possible time as the wing has already built up a reputation for itself and proved their worth on a number occasion.
Later speaking to media persons , city special superintendent of police Sweety Agarwal said the first batch of woman constables in the cheetah police were inducted from the regular police force after a selection and training process.
“The selected woman constables were given special training to tackle emergencies and how to ride heavy motorcycles with confidence. Besides, the trainees were instructed to enhance their skills so that they can respond swiftly in case of an emergency,” she said.
“On a number of occasions women victims are unable to disclose their problems or give details of their harassment in front of male members of the force. We hope t the induction of new batch on the occasion of Women’s Day, will help in prompt and quick action on reports of crime against women.”