The Delhi Police have finally decided to shake away the colonial hangover it inherited more than six decades ago.
Thanks to an amendment to its rules of recruitment, waiting on senior officers, driving government sanctioned vehicles and lugging bulky files from one office to another will no longer be the ‘fait accompli’ for a majority of its new recruits.
“We don’t need to recruit people, especially orderlies or even drivers. Why should waiting on officers or driving them around be the only reason for them being on the force? So, instead of recruiting persons only for these purposes, we have asked existing and new recruits to treat multi-tasking as a virtue instead,” Delhi police commissioner BK Gupta told the Hindustan Times.
The first step to its latest multi-tasking ways is the Delhi Police (Appointment and Recruitment) Amendment Rules 2011, a new set of manpower guidelines issued by the state government, which makes having a driving licence mandatory for those who want to join the Delhi Police constabulary.
“We came across many administrative problems when all our officers were required to be on the ground during the Commonwealth Games in October. We don’t want to run into such trouble again. That’s why we have decided to make having a driver’s licence mandatory for all new recruits. Their duties will range from driving to patrolling and even administrative tasks, depending on the nature of policing required at a given time,” said a senior police officer.
At present, drivers alone make up for as many as 4200 to 4500 of the 83,000 officers on the Delhi Police force with 700 of them having been recruited in 2010.
In addition, the force is also eagerly awaiting the delivery of a contingent of more than 75 luxury sedans to introduce qualitatively superior ‘officer-oriented’ policing to the capital less than a month after it approached the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) with the proposal.
“The deal is in its final stages and we expect the vehicles to be delivered to us by the end of a fortnight. We had asked for at least 100 luxury sedans like the Hyundai Accent, but it seems that the government has its heart set on about 75 Maruti Suzuki Dzire cars,” the officer said.
Apart from augmenting the strength of its existing fleet of 620 PCR vans, the new vehicles are expected to go a step beyond.
“These will be driven by a sub-inspector with a head constable as a companion. The idea is to deal with a distressed complainant more compassionately than a junior officer can,” Gupta added.