Gurugram will get special 1,000-strong night police force to make city safer
Unlike their colleagues, the night constabulary will only work after dark and not on day shifts to ensure security in the city. The move is also aimed at making women feel safer.Updated: Jun 02, 2018 08:46 IST
Gurugram is set to get a 1,000-strong night constabulary dedicated to patrolling the streets in order to shore up law-and-order in the city and particularly to make women feel safer, according to top government officials and police officers.
They will be called Special Police Officers (SPOs) and will not work on a shift system, like the normal constabulary, but will be deployed only at nights in a city where a number of offices are open late because of a thriving BPO industry and MNCs who follow American and European time zones.
“We are recruiting 1,000 constables only for night duty in Gurugram,” Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar told Hindustan Times in an interview, adding that people were scared of going out at night in the city in the past, but no longer.
The recruitment of the night constabulary was confirmed by Gurugram police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar, who said that a third of them had already been recruited. “We have already recruited 374 special police officers specifically to enhance night patrolling. They will be focusing only on that,” Khirwar said.
“Gurugram police has also been provided additional constabulary of about 1,079 fresh recruits have joined. They will be deployed on patrolling and traffic duties. Some of the recruits have good Informational Technology skills, and their services will be utilised in cyber cells and cyber police station. With the large presence on the ground, police responses will be more prompt and effective,” he added.
Night deployment will be more in the eastern side of the Gurugram -- particularly Golf Course Road, Sector 29, MG Road, Sohna Road and Cyber City – which sees the maximum vehicular movement, the police commissioner said.
“Traveling home alone after work is not a safe option at all. I used to stay far from my office in sector 50 and travelling alone would be a harrowing experience which is why I moved closer to my office. Even now I carry a pepper spray in my bag,” said Sanchita Gupta, a marketing executive at a multi-national company.
The chief minister said the government had done away with the cumbersome recruitment process to speed up hiring of police personnel. “A batch of 4,500 constables was cleared a few days go. About 1400 of them are joining Gurugram. The police force in the city is not adequate but preparing and inducting new recruits takes time… . We have done away with the interview system, which consumes time. Whoever clears the exam will make it to the list,” the chief minister said.
According to Khattar, law and order has improved in Gurugram over the years, but statistics show an upswing in instances of robberies, thefts and snatching.
Veena Gupta, a self-defence expert and founder of WESS - Women Empowerment Safety and Security, Gurugram, said night patrolling would bring down crime again women but only if the deployment is on right stretches. “Fear of police and law will make a difference as presently there is zero visibility on the stretches after midnight and the only focus of police these days is drunken driving. If the visibility is improved, women will feel safe and secure on roads.”