In a major reshuffle in the constabulary of the city traffic police, 350 constables were shunted out of the department on Wednesday.
Sources said that the move is aimed at infusing fresh blood into the job.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sanjay Barve said an equal number of policemen from other branches have been absorbed into the traffic department.
A senior officer from the traffic police told Hindustan Times on the condition of anonymity that most of those transferred had served 30 years in the department. “Earlier, if someone was selected to serve the traffic police, he would complete his entire tenure in the same department. Now we have decided to change that,” the officer said.
Most of those transferred have been sent to the Local Arms division.
The traffic police had recently written to the Home Department asking for the maximum tenure for traffic constables to be fixed at six years. They had also requested that young recruits be allotted to the department, where the job is often considered to be more strenuous than any other branch in the police force.
“We wanted to phase out the seniors so that they could be given less strenuous jobs in other side branches,” the officer added. The officer said new recruits will be subjected to annual performance reviews.
Some sources, however, said the constables were transferred following reports of poor performance and complaints of corruption against them.
Meanwhile, 135 constables posted as security at Mantralaya were also transferred. All those transferred had completed six years in their posting.