On Friday, the first batch of police personnel appeared for a written test, to have their psychological health assessed. However, some officers expressed scepticism, saying they would be targeted if they answered the questions honestly.
“The questionnaire makes us wary of writing the truth. Who will write that he gets drunk and beats up his wife? There was no question on the pay structure, and whether it is sufficient for police personnel to cater to the needs of their families. Meagre salary is the root of all problems as it fuels corruption, stress and incidents like the one that happened at Vakola police station recently,” said a policeman, on condition of anonymity, after appearing for the test.
The test, which comprised 75 questions, is divided into three parts. One section deals exclusively with the drinking habits of policemen. The questions stressed on behavioural patterns of the policemen before and after getting drunk, asking if they have abused or assaulted any of their family members under the influence of alcohol.
At least 100 crime branch officers and policemen appeared for the test on Friday at the police headquarters. Some of the policemen, however, rubbished the whole exercise, stating they feared action from the top brass, instead of help, if they answered these questions honestly.
After assistant sub inspector Dilip Shirke killed senior inspector Vilas Joshi in Vakola police station last week, a panel of around six doctors, including psychologists, were entrusted the job of drawing up a test to gauge the emotional quotient of policemen.
The tests will be assessed by the same panel of doctors and those who need help will be sent for counselling. All the officers, including the Mumbai police commissioner, will be filling the form.
“The questionnaire has been made to get the real picture. Some queries have been framed indirectly to get to reality. We briefed the policemen asking them to put the truth on paper and that it would help them,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner and Mumbai police spokesperson.