Delhi is going to have 22 new police station five days from now.
A major chunk of staff for these police stations has been pulled from the VIP security unit. The new police stations would collectively get 1200 policemen. Of these 500 are those who have been relived from manning cavalcades of VIPs and who were deployed on their personal duty. The new police stations would start functioning from September 21.
Delhi Police conducted a manpower audit where it was learnt that many staff had been put on duty of VIPs who did not require it.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) withdrew the security cover of over 20 VIPs recently. Security provided to former Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, BJP MP Varun Gandhi and the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid were downgraded drastically.
VIP security is a huge drain on the resources of Delhi Police and other agencies. Out of the 60,000-strong force, 15,000 are on VIP duty. The average strength of a police station in the Capital is between 100-120 while some manage with even lesser numbers.
“As of now every new police station that would come up would have at least 50 police personnel. Most of the staff have been diverted from those put on VIP duty. The rest of them are those who were deployed with battalions,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity. Delhi Police has dissolved its battalions and put them on police station duty.
Besides this, Delhi Police would also have to hire cooks and butlers for their mess.
The city police would also procure investigation kits, inverted mirrors, fly killers, mess utensils, emergency lights, desert coolers, digital video cameras and digital still cameras for the new police stations.
The Capital so far had 133 police stations out of which seven were functioning without the MHA’s sanction (only with the L-G’s approval).
Delhi Police has another 14 police stations for other wings.