The conviction rate of the Mumbai police has gone up by 19% this year. This is the first time in the past 10 years that the conviction rate of the city police has improved by almost 20%.
The police believe the improvement is a result of the appointment of pairavi officers, who coordinate between the police department and the court premises. These officers were hired in the force two years ago.
According to the police, the conviction rate of the city cops this year (till November) is 50.72%, compared to last year’s 31.01%.
Till December end, the rate is expected to shoot up by another 2%-3%, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.
The statistics revealed by the police of the past 10 year’s conviction rate show that since 2007, the conviction rate of the police had been constantly coming down till 2011.
“The major dip in the rate was seen during 2007-2008, when it fell by 13.81%,” a police officer said.
However, after police zeroed in on the factors that could be leading to the poor conviction rate, a post of pairavi officers was created at every police station.
“Pairavi officers are doing their work efficiently, because of which, conviction rate of the police has improved from around 30% to 50%,” said Sadanand Date, joint commissioner of police (crime).
Pairavi officers are sub-inspector or assistant inspector-rank officers, and are entrusted with duties such as attending court hearings during trials, helping the prosecutors wherever required, checking whether upcoming witnesses have been intimated and generally keeping track of the case.
These officers keep tabs on whether the summonses have been sent to witnesses or not, if the warrants have been executed and coordinating with courts.
Apart from pairavi officers, smart analysis of crime trends, timely action and close monitoring by the zonal deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) also contributed towards the improved conviction rates, said a senior police officer.