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Police may outsource routine jobs to agencies

"Earlier, police used to give us cases for investigation unofficially, but now we would be given cases officially," he said.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 22:02 IST

The Ministry of Home Affairs has mooted a proposal for outsourcing certain routine jobs of the police to private detective agencies.

The MHA has asked the National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science (NICFS) to prepare a draft for the same purpose.

"The government is preparing a bill to regulate the functioning of detective agencies, and we may be given some of the duties done by the police," Association of Private Detectives of India General Secretary Captain Ravee said. The association has over 400 detective agencies as its members.

Ravee said that a proposal was being made to delegate police duties, except law and order, to detective agencies. He also said that the bill would soon be presented in the Parliament.

Detectives might be asked to do jobs such as verification of passports, pre-employment verification, domestic servant verification and ensuring that traffic rule offenders pay their fines timely, he explained.

"Earlier, police used to give us cases for investigation unofficially, but now we would be given cases officially," he said.

"We have provided vital information to the police about spurious and fake products and identified people involved in cases on several occasions."

A senior official of the NICFS said, "The government has asked us to prepare the bill and we are in touch with the police, home ministry officials and detective agencies so as to ascertain the needs of all the parties concerned."

He said that the institute had organised a meeting among the departments concerned, inviting recommendations from them in January.

The institute was of the opinion that even people with no police background could be asked to write complaints in police stations.

"We see that most of the people who go to a police station feel uncomfortable while speaking to not-too-well-behaved police personnel and therefore, it was earlier recommended that the filing of complaints be outsourced to agencies," he said.

"We hope these recommendations would be included in the bill," he said.

Senior officials of the NICFS also said that the bill was being drafted in such a way that the burden on police was lessened, allowing them to concentrate on other important issues like investigation and law and order.

"There is no specialisation needed for verification or writing complaints. This can be done by anyone and it is a waste of time for a policeman to be sitting in a police station just to do clerical work," they said.

Through the legislation, the government would be able to control the functioning of detective agencies as well as benefit from their well qualified and trained manpower, they added.

Since most agency owners have a defence or police background, the quality of service rendered by them can be dependable.