On the pattern of private companies, Delhi Police have now started evaluating the performance of station house officers (SHOs) of each police station.
Delhi Police have prepared a performance report, which contains remarks from deputy commissioner of police of the district concerned, joint commissioner of police of range concerned and of commissioner of police. If a station house officers fails to perform his or her duties for five months, action would be taken against them.
"It is just like the HR department of a private company which evaluates performance of every employee.
We are doing the same and an SHO is responsible for the law and order in his or her jurisdiction," BK Gupta, Delhi Police commissioner said, adding, "We are evaluating their performance by getting details whether crime has increased in their area and other important parameters."
The monthly report is first prepared by the DCP of the district who checks the overall workout percentage of the IPC cases of police station concerned.
In one such instance, the DCP has mentioned that vehicles theft has gone to 35 in first four months but only three cases have been worked out. The joint CP then said in his remarks that SHO needs to formulate strategies to prevent and detect crime under his head. The commissioner then asked SHO to give his explanation.
"We are hoping to improve the overall performance like that. Now that an SHO knows that every minute detail is being scanned by senior officers, they will always be on their toes," said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
Delhi Police have also given direction to SHOs to concentrate on arresting proclaimed offenders (POs) as they are the one who commit crime after coming out of jail.
"One main point of SHOs performance is how many POs they have arrested in a month. We feel the more POs they will arrest, it will reduce the crime rate automatically," the officer added.
Delhi Police have also ordered revival of sustained police action under section 174 (a) of the Indian Penal Code.
The section states that any proclaimed offender (PO) who does not attend court hearings can face up to seven year imprisonment.