Grappling with the manpower shortage, Gurgaon police is set to get 500 ex-servicemen as Special Police Officers (SPO’s) - the highest in any district in the state. Haryana has appointed 3000 ex-servicemen as Special Police Officers.
These volunteer members of auxiliary force would be posted at police stations close to their residences, although some could be posted in other districts too. The announcement to this effect was made by the Haryana government on Tuesday.
“Ex-servicemen of Indian Army, between the age of 25 - 50 years, who have not been removed from service due to indiscipline, misconduct or medical illness, would be eligible,” a state government spokesperson said.
The move comes as a respite for short-staffed Gurgaon police which at strength of 4000 cops are short of 23% policemen.
Gurgaon has approximate population of 20 lakh indicating at one of the worst population-police ratio in the country. As against the norm of one cop for every 400 residents, in Gurgaon, there is one policeman for every 500 residents. The ratio goes down further when special duties are assigned. The last appointments made by the Haryana Recruitment Board were in 2013.
As many as 460 cops are deployed in the East district of Gurgaon at present, 560 in the West and 435 in the South. Another 350 cops are deployed in traffic management, and 180 in crime units that support local police in solving crimes.
Also 405 cops are posted at Police Lines, 85 in escort duty, 110 as gunmen, 107 at police headquarters, 65 at the office of the police commissioner, 18 at the offices of the two joint police commissioners, 76 with deputy commissioners of police (east, west, south and traffic) 90 at the offices of all the assistant commissioners of police, among others
In all, the 56,000 strong Haryana police are short of 12000 cops.
While 500 SPO’s would be deputed in Gurgaon, 400 would be appointed for Faridabad and 100 in Panchkula among the 21 districts chosen for now. The SPO’s will be deputed at police stations as per their capability.
The eligible ex-servicemen would be given a monthly honorarium of Rs 14,000. They would also be eligible to get casual leaves as applicable for constables of Haryana Police.
“They would also be eligible for ex-gratia amount of Rs. 10 lakh in case of death while performing duty, Rs one lakh to three lakh in case of permanent disability and Rs one lakh in case of severe injury,” the spokespersons said.