Calling beat constables the 'backbone' of policing, Delhi police commissioner on Friday said 2012 would be the year of constabulary and his force will do its best to make their working conditions better.
Impressed by Hindustan Times campaign 'Cop Out', commissioner BK Gupta said his aim would be to motivate lower-rung officers. In its special series, HT had highlighted the poor working conditions of lower-rung policemen and how frequently they were attacked in recent months.
Gupta said, "Last year beat constables performed well and this year we are going to give them an additional responsibility of catching drug users. Majority of crime is done by drug users." The force has been directed to adopt zero-tolerance policy on drug peddlers.
Gupta also lauded the role played by beat constables in many sensational cases. "Beat constables have the local knowledge and details provided by them proved critical in solving many cases," he added. The Dhaula Kuan gangrape case in November 2010 was solved by the area's beat constable head constable Islamuddin.
To keep the beat constables motivated, Delhi police have started 'beat constable of the month' award this year and the commissioner of police will have direct interaction with them.
"DCP and joint CP rank officers have direct interaction with beat officers and sometime even I meet them to keep them motivated. They deserve respect and dignity," Gupta said.
Beat constables were also rewarded for work well done. The commissioner granted out of turn promotion to 11 head constables in the year that ended. Constable Ashok Yadav was granted one rank out of turn promotion for apprehending over 79 Proclaim Offenders (POs) within a year.
Senior officer said performance review with details of beat constable and type of crime taking place in his area has also improved beat policing system.