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Women cops talk their way to 70 of 80 C4i seats

A simple diction test was enough to make it loud and clear that all izz well with the accent of city's policewomen.

delhi Updated: Sep 10, 2010 00:26 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times

A simple diction test was enough to make it loud and clear that all izz well with the accent of city's policewomen.

As many as 70 women constables cleared the diction test conducted to induct them into the newly constructed Command Control Coordination and Communication Centre (C4i) at the police headquarters ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

"We made them read out loud to test their diction. For this, we handed out newspapers. Candidates with heavy regional accents like those who pronounce "is" as "izz" were eliminated," said Kewal Singh, additional commissioner of police (Police Control Room).

"However, 70 policewomen cleared the test comfortably. They also had to clear a general knowledge test about the Commonwealth Games," he added.

The Rs 15.39-crore centre would connect all 13 competition venues and a policeman sitting there would be able to monitor each and every movement.

These personnel will be the face of the Delhi Police during the Games and would be interacting with the delegates and heads of police of other countries, who come to visit the centre, he said.

The new recruits have also been given training in body language.

The officer added that the C4i centre had a requirement of 80 slots, for which 70 women qualified.

"During our analysis we found that the women were more proficient and technically sound than their male counterparts," said the officer.

Besides, all 70 women selected for the job have a professional computer degree, he added.

However, some of them were too shy to make any eye contact with their seniors while talking to them.

"To overcome this shyness, we gave them another set of training in body language.

Some of them developed cold feet while interacting with senior police officers," said the officer.

An Additional Commissioner of Police, Additional DCP and three inspectors, would head this batch of 70 policewomen. These policewomen would be monitoring the 80 screens at the centre along with 10 other policemen. The centre will function 24x7 during the Games.

First Published: Sep 10, 2010 00:23 IST