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Crime rate up, staff shortage plagues police

india Updated: Apr 10, 2011 01:19 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

Shortage of police staff, including in the ranks of assistant commissioners and deputy commissioners, have become a major concerns for the force struggling to check the increasing crime rate in the city.

According to a recent police data, the city has witnessed 58 incidents of murder and 41 cases of rape last year. The figures for these two major crimes were much higher from 38 and 29 respectively registered a year ago. Besides, the incidents of vehicle theft have also increased from 1,898 in 2009 to 2,449 in 2010.

On the other hand, the department currently has the strength of 3,405 staff, 1,363 (about 34%) less than the number of staff sanctioned for the city of nearly 1.5 million.

Out of 17 posts of ACPs sanctioned for the city, only seven have been filled while Gurgaon has six DCPs, one short of the required number of officials of that rank. Besides having 440 vacancies of head constables, 16 posts of inspectors, 6 of sub-inspectors and 131 of assistant sub-inspector level also lie vacant.

However, a senior police official said: “Efforts are being made to fill the vacancies. The department has informed the authority concerned about the shortage of staff and this problem will be shorted out very soon.”

Despite rise in the number of criminal incidents in the national capital region, the staff crunch some times forces the Gurgaon police to man busy traffic signals with lesser staff or to deploy limited number of personnel to respond to emergency calls during night, raising safety concerns among the residents.

"The traffic police department has approximately 350 staff, while the district should have around 829 personnel in the department to mange the traffic" the official said.

“The police infrastructure in city has not grown with the growth in population, business and economy,” the official said.