Want women in crucial posts: Delhi Police

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Special Commissioner of Police (Training and Special Cell), S N Srivastava told Newsline that the idea was to "prepare women inspectors for more crucial roles".

"A committee interviews inspectors on basis of seniority and forwards their names to the Delhi Police Commissioner. The final selection of course participants is made by the Police Establishment Board," Srivastava said.

Delhi Police faces a severe shortage of women police officers, especially in higher ranks such as SHOs, ACPs and DCPs.

Not a single woman police officer currently holds the rank of Joint Commissioner of Police. Last week, Centre had asked all states and Union territories to make the strength of women cops 33 per cent of the total strength and approved the recruitment of an additional 2,508 women personnel for Delhi Police.

"There are some women inspectors who are not keen to take up the posts of SHOs and inspector, investigation owing to personal issues as the jobs are challenging. Some officers are enthusiastic and ready to take up these posts but they are junior in rank. One cannot force these posts on an officer; they should be willing to take up the job. So, we are currently training around 39 women police officers and they will be put in crucial posts. This training will boost their confidence," Srivastava said.

New PCR vans

11 new PCR vans were launched by Delhi Police's Special Commissioner (Law and Order), Deepak Mishra on Sunday.

They are part of the additional 350 PCR vans being pressed into service to step up security in the capital.

These new vans will patrol and secure the border areas of the NCR. They are equipped with GPS and will patrol highways. "We have provided the personnel in these vans with long-range weapons," Mishra said.

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