Five police stations in the city will have to be headed by senior woman officers.
State Home minister R.R. Patil made this announcement to bring some gender parity in the force on Thursday — four days before International Women’s Day.
Patil has mandated that all 33 districts in the state will have one police station manned by a senior woman police officer.
In Mumbai, senior women officers will be in charge of five police stations, while in Pune, women officers will head three police stations.
But the state may not have enough senior women officers to meet the requirement.
For instance, Mumbai has just 11 women officers and 171 constables across its 90 police stations.
“We will post senior women officers where they are available. Later we will make sure there are enough officers for the posts,’’ said a senior police officer, on condition of anonymity for lack of authorisation to talk to the media.
The Home department has also decided to train women constables to drive police vans and bikes. Ten women constables will be trained by the NGO, For She.
Patil also said when recruitments for 11,000 constables will be flagged off across the state on March 8, International Women’s Day, women will be encouraged to join the force.
“It’s a good gesture from the Home Minister on the eve of Women’s Day… We hope to see more women join the force this year. One-third of the total 11,000 police recruitments are reserved for women,’’ said Chandra Iyengar, additional chief secretary (home).
The police department is it the only state department where the reservation is never met.
CID to secretly monitor recruitments
On March 8, intelligence officers of the state CID will secretly monitor the police recruitments centres across the state on March 8 and report any suspicious cases and corruption.
In case of irregularities, the Home department said, senior officials at the centres would be held responsible and candidates disqualified.