After slogging round-the-clock, all the beat constable gets in the name of incentive if he performs well in 10 different criteria is: His photo is pinned up at the district DCP’s office.
Even this so-called incentive, termed the ‘beat constable of the fortnight award’, was started only a few months ago. Taking a cue from private companies, Delhi Police started assessing the performance of beat constables, the most important link between residents and the police, every fortnight.
But constables are not happy. “Even if we get the best beat constable award, it is of no use for us. A better working culture would have been great for us. We are working hard for the people but yet seniors in our force don’t think about us,” a beat constable said requesting anonymity.
Senior police officers, however, defend the performance review. They say it is needed for the best output.There are 10 criteria — including crime in the area, detection, action against criminal, community policing and anti terrorist measures among others — a beat constable needs to fulfill to be eligible for the award.
“Since the constable knows that his performance is being monitored at the top level, he gives his best. Also, the photo of the best beat constable of the fortnight is placed at the district DCP office and the area police stations,” a senior police officer said.
“It is like the HR department of a private company evaluating the performance of every employee. We are doing the same and a beat constable is the most important part of policing. We are evaluating him on his performance by getting details like whether crime has increased in his area and other important parameters,” the officer said.
Similarly, the Delhi Police evaluates the performance of SHOs of each police station.
In the evaluation process, remarks from the deputy commissioners of police, joint commissioners of police and commissioner of police are taken into account.
If the SHOs fail to perform for five months, action is taken against them.