The state government wants to know how much of the city's police force is underutilised and plans to rope in a top audit firm for the job. The idea was borne out of a recent three-day visit to London by top home department officials to study the city's security systems, including its CCTV network.
The aim of the manpower study is to evaluate the role of police officers and their output, which will help in restructuring the force so that its services can be maximised.
"The London police had appointed international advisory firm KPMG to conduct a study of its force, the work the officers do, and their output. What they discovered was that at least 20% of the force did not have enough work in some sectors. We want to do a similar study for our force," said Satej Patil, minister of state for home.
Patil was a part of the delegation which was led by home minister RR Patil. It also comprised additional chief secretary Umeshchandra Sarangi, Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik and several officers, who visited London from September 19 to 22.
"The situation in Mumbai is different as far as population and security issues are concerned, but such a study will be of great help," Patil added. The Mumbai police force has about 40,000 policemen, of which around 5,000 are usually deputed to handle protests, bandhs, and other public events.
Some issues identified by the UK study were - duplication of call handling and investigations, delays in recording crimes into the new systems, and high levels of open investigations, which reduced officer availability for other cases.