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Women cops toughen up, to handle hi-tech guns

You seem them managing traffic on roads. They are also visible during various protests, but you would have never seen or heard of them chasing criminals or being a part of deadly encounters. But this distinction from their male counterparts in the Delhi Police is set to change.

delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2013 23:45 IST
Karn Pratap Singh

You seem them managing traffic on roads. They are also visible during various protests, but you would have never seen or heard of them chasing criminals or being a part of deadly encounters. But this distinction from their male counterparts in the Delhi Police is set to change.

The central police control room (CPCR) department of Delhi police is now training 500 women police personnel, between the rank of constables and sub-Inspectors, in handling and maintaining newly-inducted MP5 sub-machine guns and Glock pistols.

These trained women police personnel will be deployed in PCR vans, but only during the day. They are being trained not only to attend distress calls or lift injured persons from road and rushing them to hospital, but also to fight fire with fire.

The decision to deploy women police in PCR vans was taken after the December 16 gang rape. The police department had then faced all-round criticism for not having a woman as part of the PCR van which had arrived at the spot where the 23-year-old rape victim and her friend had been dumped.

“After the gang rape, the number of PCR calls related to crimes against women rose rapidly. We realised that such calls should be attended by women staff. And since our PCR vans act as the first responder, we have decided to deploy one woman police officer in PCR vehicles,” said a senior officer.

In the first phase, women personnel will be deployed in 120 PCR vehicles, active mainly in areas from where a high number of calls related to crime against women are received.

The weapon induction training, the officer said, is a five-day training programme which is being given at the new police line in Model Town. A total of 1,994 male police personnel and 40 women staff have been trained till date.

TN Mohan, special CP (operations), said, “We are training them in different batches and each batch consists of 120 police personnel, including women staff. They are being trained to handle, maintain, dismantle and assemble the newly-inducted sophisticated MP5s and Glock pistols. Our mission is to gain public confidence and create a sense of security among them.”