In an effort to speed up investigations into crime cases, the Punjab police would soon set up special crime investigation staff (SCIS) wings in the police stations across the state. To begin with, the state police have chosen the Patiala zone -comprising Sangrur, Barnala and Patiala districts - to be the pilot project for this experiment.
Additional director general of police (ADGP), law and order, Satish Kumar Sharma disclosed this on the sidelines of a meeting of police officers from the Patiala range.
Sharma said the special staff wings would ensure timely justice to the people. The decision has been taken to implement the newly introduced Punjab Right to Service Act. The act ensures the delivery of 67 services time-bound to the people as a matter of right.
As per preliminary police plans, the functioning of this wing would be different than the other such wing, Crime Investigation Agency (CIA). "The CIA would continue to function as it does. But it would be coordinating with the new special wing to help solve cases," said Sharma.
He said the staff of the wing would provide investigation reports of the cases to his seniors and the concerned persons every fortnight. "This would bring more transparency in the probes," he said.
The ADGP has directed the senior superintendents of police (SSPs) of Sangrur, Patiala and Barnala to provide all necessary requirements within a month.
As per initial proposals, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) rank official would be heading this wing in every police station.
Sharma denied that the shortage of police staff in the range would pose a problem in establishing these wings. He said the state government had already given its nod to recruit new staff.
"Once we successfully set up this new wing in the Patiala Range, it would be introduced across the state at one go," said Sharma.
IG Patiala Paramjit Singh Gill, DIG LK Yadav and SSPs of Patiala, Barnala and Sangrur districts also participated in the meeting.