Mumbai's police commissioner Rakesh Maria on Tuesday passed an order saying all police personnel in Mumbai will undergo emotional quotient (EQ) tests, in a drive that will be held from May 8 to May 13. There are approximately 41,000 police personnel in the city. Each of them, including Maria, will be taking the test.
Spokesperson for Mumbai police, Dhananjay Kulkarni, said they have tied up with a panel of private doctors, to conduct the tests. “The police personnel will answer questionnaires which have been prepared by the doctors. Corrective measures will be taken if irregularities are revealed in the tests,” he said.
On Tuesday, Maria held a meeting with all senior officers including joint commissioners of police, additional commissioners of police and deputy commissioners of police, after which the decision was taken to conduct the tests. Maria has also asked the senior officers to prepare a leave chart for personnel, and plan leaves for them when they need them the most – during summer season or festivals.
According to Dr Yusuf Machiswala, who is one of the main doctors behind the programme, the cops will be given a questionnaire with 24 questions. Once the forms are filled up and submitted, Machiswala, along with a team of doctors, will analyse the answers.
The questions have been framed to gauge the kinds of stress experienced by police personnel – whether professional or personal.
If the test shows that a particular cop is experiencing problems, he or she will be referred to a doctor for corrective measures, Machiswala said, adding a confidential report will be sent to Maria, irrespective of the findings.