After Vakola fratricide, hospital starts helpline for stressed cops

  • Vijay Kumar Yadav, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 07, 2015 21:40 IST

To ensure policemen suffering from work-related stress, depression or any other mental illness get timely help from psychiatrists, the Nagpada police hospital has started a special helpline, 9819834244. Policemen can call or send a text message to get in touch with psychiatrists at the hospital.

The helpline number comes in the wake of the May 2 incident, where an assistant sub-inspector shot dead his senior and later killed himself. The assistant sub-inspector was reportedly under tremendous pressure, after being marked absent on the previous day’s duty.

According to an officer from the south region police, all policemen on Wednesday received directives stating the top police authority will take steps to deal with stress. The officer said any policeman suffering from stress or harassment from seniors or addiction and contemplating suicide can see a senior psychiatrist at the hospital every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon.

“They could also call the helpline number to seek help, if they are unwilling to visit the hospital. Their identity and problem will be kept confidential,” said a senior police officer.

The top brass has also ordered all deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) to hold open meetings in their respective zones every month.

Deven Bharti, joint commissioner of police, (law and order), said, “The DCP will have to solve the problem in three days. If the problem is of the level of additional commissioner of police, they will have to come up with a solution in 10 days.”

The police will have to maintain an independent register for the open meeting. The DCPs will also have to compile a report on the meeting and send it to the additional commissioner of police.

“Addressing grievances of the policemen has been mentioned in the police manual for years, but it has not been practised. The meetings will help us in doing so,” said Bharti.

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