The year has brought in happy news for the Mumbai Police.
The state government has issued a notification creating 3,350 new posts for the city police, thereby increasing the staff strength to 45,350.
The notification, issued on December 31 last year, is in the form of a government resolution.
The induction will be done in a phased manner.
Of these, while 10 posts will be in the rank of inspector of police, there will be nine officers of the rank of assistant police inspectors.
The government has also sanctioned 363 posts for drivers following the acquisition of several vehicles by the city police after the November 26, 2008 terror attacks.
At the senior level (Indian Police Service), the government has sanctioned a new post for an additional commissioner of police (ADCP) for the traffic police.
At present, the Traffic Police department has a joint commissioner of police, who is assisted by three officers of the rank of deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) —Headquarters (HQ), Suburban and City.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), HQ I, Vijaysingh Jadhav, said no deadline has been set for creating the new posts.
“The additional posts are a big boost for the force as the gamut of activities has grown after the 26/11 attacks. We can now draw men for our special forces (like the Quick Response Team, Force One) from this additional strength,” he said.
Two new police stations — Vile Parle (West) and Govandi — have also been sanctioned.
While the area of jurisdiction of the Vile Parle (West) police station would be carved out of Juhu and Santacruz police stations, the jurisdictional areas of Chembur and Trombay police stations would be bifurcated to accommodate the Govandi police station. The process for selection of land for the two new police stations will commence by this month end.
Former Mumbai police commissioner D.N. Jadhav said the induction of more staff would help ease the workload and corresponding stress in the force.
“Ideally, there should be an eight-hour work schedule for the men. However, on account of staff crunch, it is often stretched to 12-14 hours at present. This additional force will help attain the ideal work schedule,” he said.