The State Government on Wednesday approved the Home department proposal for recruitment 3,456 police personnel in different grades to augment the capacity of the State police.
The new recruitment will be made in addition to the recruitment of 7,569 personnel in different grades currently under progress.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the vacancy position in the police department and the recruitment plan of the Home department at a high level meeting here.
While recruitment is on to fill up 272 vacant posts of sub-inspector, sergeant and deputy subedar, the meeting decided to recruit 541 police officers to manage the Mahila and Sishu desks in different police stations.
It was also decided to recruit 2,331 personnel in the rank of constable and sepoy for raising the Odisha Industrial Security Force, third Special India Reserve Battalion (Engineering) and other armed police forces.
The department is already in the process of recruiting 6,256 personnel to the post of constable, sepoy and assistant driver, official sources said.
The meeting also decided to fill up 318 vacant posts of ministerial officers in the State police and technical staff in the State Forensic Science Laboratories.
Besides, 266 Group-D posts will be filled up.
The 3,000 tribal youths recruited earlier as special police officers (SPOs) with a monthly remuneration of Rs 4,500 each will be absorbed in the Odisha Auxiliary Police Force as constables.
Currently, the department is in the process of recruiting 51 station officers and 990 firemen for the Fire Service.
Sources in the Home department said the total number of vacancies in different grades was about 13,000. With the Government sanctioning fresh recruitment of 3,456 personnel, the vacancy position will be less than 2,000.
The Chief Minister directed the department to take urgent measures for augmenting the capacity of the State police to meet the challenges from Left wing extremists, on the industrial security front and general law and order. He also asked the police department to bring in qualitative improvement in crime investigation.