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Top cop to monitor all officers

Tired of the allegations levelled against his force, Delhi police chief Y.S. Dadwal has found a new way to keep a check on them and that too from the comfort of his room. Vijaita Singh reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 13, 2010 01:56 IST
Vijaita Singh

It would now be very difficult for a policeman to shirk from his duties.

Tired of the allegations levelled against his force, Delhi police chief Y.S. Dadwal has found a new way to keep a check on them and that too from the comfort of his room.

"We are installing cameras at every police station. I would get live feed from all the police stations in the city on a big television screen in my room," Dadwal told Hindustan Times.

The project that would start in three months would help the police chief take stock of situation on his own.

"The cameras would be placed at strategic locations where it is easy to monitor every area of the police station. Sitting in my room, I can even talk to my SHOs through video

conferencing. If I want to know what is happening in Kirti Nagar police station for example, I would get to know it immediately," said Dadwal.

The plan was mooted after the police chief got several complaints of burking and ill treatment of complainants when they come to report any matter.

"There have been several instances when people are turned away from police stations and no one listens to their genuine complaint. This would help us in keeping a check on such rogue elements among the force," said a senior police officer, wishing to remain anonymous.

Till June this year, disciplinary action was taken against 770 policemen.

Of them 26 officers were dismissed from service on corruption charges.

If the police chief starts taking action with his new initiative, then the numbers could go up substantially.

"With the CCTV, the police chief will have a first hand experience of events taking place in the police stations in the city. He could take disciplinary action immediately," said the officer.

There are 136 police stations in Delhi and so far CCTVs have been installed in 37 of them.

Recently an Inspector at Nand Nagri was shunted when he was caught consuming alcohol in his office.

Six bottles of beer were seized from his room.

The control room in the police chief's room will also have archive facility.

"The control room would also store old footage from the CCTV and the officer would be able to refer to it whenever he wants," said the officer.