The Delhi Police is getting back to business after a gruelling month of securing the Capital for the Commonwealth Games.
More than 80,000 Delhi Police officers had been roped in from 156 police stations spread across 11 districts to provide security to both competition and non-competition venues during the fortnight-long event.
While the respective police stations were able to function efficiently despite the staff crunch — thanks to paramilitary officers filling-in for their local police counterparts — specialised Delhi Police departments weren't as lucky.
"Owning to the security arrangements, some of our specialised branches such as the District Investigation Unit (DIU), the Departmental Enquiry department (DE) that is part of its vigilance department, licensing and training were shut," said a senior Delhi Police officer on condition of anonymity.
With senior officers lending logistical support to junior officers in addition to administration staff on security arrangements or escort duty, the Delhi Police had had no alternative but to shut them down.
"The DIU is the most important department in a district. It investigates and has a say in each case reported from the entire district. Throughout the Games fortnight, no big cases were reported, so the fact that they were completely shut didn't matter much," the officer said.
It was a similar story with the Licensing and Training branches.
Deployment across the Capital had begun on September 20 with the arrival of foreign athletes and delegates in batches.
"These departments had not been completely shut, but had been operating on skeletal staff. All the officers concerned will be returning to their respective parent departments by October 20," said Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson, Delhi Police.