To keep a tab on rural crime, the Himachal Pradesh Police have asked all police stations across the state to maintain records of criminals at village levels.
“There is always a scope of improvement in policing. We have taken this step to enhance police services,” director general of police Sanjay Kumar said.
The system of maintaining the crime records at village level was prevalent during the British time which is followed by many other states.
“This system will enable the police stations to keep a tab on rural crime as villages have become more susceptible to crime,” he said.
Villages, particularly those bordering neighbouring states such as Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir are more prone to crime. These villages often serve has refuge for criminals and anti-social elements from other states. There is a proposal that the police could also rope in representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions to check crime at village level.
According to the proposed plan, the panchayats will also maintain crime records at villages.
The director general of police has directed all district police chiefs to carry regular inspections of police stations and send detailed reports to the police headquarters twice a year.
Earlier, there was no such precedence. The district police chief will now have to maintain detailed records and prepare inventories of all police stations and chowkis across the state.
The police headquarters have prepared a 40-page format, which will have to be filled by the district police chiefs twice a year. There are 104 police stations and chowkis across the state.
“All police stations will have to send a detailed report of its crime positions, conviction rates and about various welfare schemes being run by the police,” said Kumar.