To keep its officers up and awake and the crime rate in the national Capital down during the dead of the night, Delhi Police has started distributing cups of tea at PCR vans posted across the city.
The PCR section of Delhi Police has around 6,000 officers, of which nearly 2,000 are posted on night duty every day.
At present, there are 612 PCR vans with three officers in each van — a driver, gunman and an officer in-charge.
The duty of distribution of tea has been given to checking officers of the PCR department.
These officers monitor PCR staff in 11 districts of the Capital. Under them, tea is prepared in each of the 11 police districts and the distribution begins after 1am.
"This way we don't need extra staff to distribute tea and can also ensure that the checking officer is conducting the checks properly," said a senior police officer.
Approximately 1,800 personnel are posted in PCR on night shift and more than 100 personnel are posted in the control room.
"It's a mammoth exercise which starts around 1 in the night. Around 2,000 cups of tea and over 600 packets of biscuit are consumed every day," the officer added.
Delhi police is also in talks with Tihar jail authorities to procure biscuits at cheaper rates. Tihar Jail sells its own brand of biscuits, which are made by the inmates and are very famous.
"The process of distributing tea and biscuit among the staff is getting a good response," said Deepak Mishra, Special Commissioner of Police (operations).
"Performing duty at odd hours is a tough task and we started this service to do something for these officers," he added.
At present, there are 612 PCR vans — 162 Tavera, 178 Qualis and 263 Maruti Gypsy — that are either stationed or mobile at almost all the key posts across the city.
Apart from that, the Delhi police also have nine PCR ambulances.