If things fall in line,at least two more cities in Punjab would put Police Commissioner system in place. The state government may soon approve the system in Bathinda and Mohali on the lines of the one that was put in place in 2010 in Amritsar,Jalandhar and Ludhiana.
As per the government,the new system would not put any additional financial burden or require additional manpower as the human resources would be mobilised through internal structuring.
The commissioner system ensures unitary chain of command and singular responsibility,which is the norm in the urban policing across the world. It meet the requirement of urgent preventive action and quick decision in rapidly changing law and order situations, a senior officer said.
It also ensures single window system for licensing under Arms Act and Explosives Act,effectively stopping the duplication of services.
The officer said that since the police commissioners are members of the state urban metropolitan transport authority headed by chief secretary,many traffic related issues have been resolved in the cities where the system is in place.
Earlier,the SAD-BJP government through a notification on February 2,2010,had established the Police Commissionerate system for the municipal and adjoining areas of Amritsar,Jalandhar and Ludhiana.
Besides the commissioner,one deputy commissioner of police (DCP) of the rank of SSP,six additional DCPs in the rank of SP and 10 assistant commissioners of police of the rank of DSP are appointed in each commissinorate.