Captain Amarinder orders immediate withdrawal of cops from unwanted security, non-essential duties

The chief minister said his government had decided to carry out territorial restructuring of police stations and sub-divisions.

Published: 21st March 2017 01:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st March 2017 01:29 AM   |  A+A-

Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh (File | PTI)

Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: In a bid to streamline their functioning and promote the welfare of the police in the state, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday issued a series of directives to the state police asking them to immediately carry out a manpower audit to withdraw police personnel from security and other non-essential duties in order to put more personnel on the streets.

A State Level Review Committee (SLRC) has already been set up under the chairmanship of DGP (Law & Order) to review the security provided by the state police to various protectees. 

The committee is tasked with the agenda of carrying out a comprehensive security review of the security provided to constitutional/public functionaries, officers as well as private individuals. The committee will submit its report to the state DGP, Suresh Arora, with specific recommendations regarding each individual by March 24.

Amarinder directed the Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners of Police and Senior Superintendents of Police to immediately carry out an exercise to rationalize the police station boundaries and send their proposal to the Home Department within the next two weeks.

Ordering an immediate end to the ‘Halqa Incharge’ system, the chief minister said his government had decided to carry out territorial restructuring of police stations and sub-divisions to increase its functional/operational efficiency.

He directed the officers to take steps to ensure fixed working hours for police personnel, especially for those working in police stations and police posts, with a view to improving their work conditions and allow them to look after their families. 

Amarinder stated while he believed in giving a free hand to his officers in day-to-day working, he would also expect accountability and results in a time-bound manner.

He made it clear there would be no interference of any kind in day-to-day administration as well as in the working of police-stations, and core policing functions, such as police investigations, traffic enforcement etc.

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