Cops serving former officers taken off duty

Delhi Commissioner of Police Y S Dadwal has withdrawn all personnel who were continuing their services with former Delhi Police officers residing in the Capital.

Written by Mohit Sharma | New Delhi | Published:March 14, 2009 12:05 am

Dadwal’s move will strengthen the police force to guard Delhi better,say officers

Delhi Commissioner of Police Y S Dadwal has withdrawn all personnel who were continuing their services with former Delhi Police officers residing in the Capital.

The former policemen include retired IPS officers,and those transferred to postings outside Delhi long ago but were continuing to be served by Delhi policemen at their homes. According to a senior officer,among the retired officers are a few former commissioners and assistant commissioners.

In all,nearly 150 policemen have been taken off duty to be given other postings. Senior officers said the step would help Delhi get adequate force for its security. The decision was taken at a routine meeting of the commissioner with the top brass of the Delhi Police,an officer said on the condition of anonymity.

“Several of these withdrawn police personnel have already been deputed at police stations where there was a shortage of staff,” said another senior officer.

Speaking to Newsline,Dadwal said: “This is not just about withdrawing those police personnel who continued to work with former officers; this is about introspection on the entire system.”

On men withdrawn from duty with retired IPS officers,Dadwal said: “They are just 20 to 25 in number. If we look at the broader picture,there are about a thousand policemen who have been withdrawn from different units to be placed in appropriate departments.”

Apart from this,sources said,the commissioner had also issued orders to all departments regarding the need to conduct an audit of the available manpower. “We have received directions from the police headquarters to give details of each and every personnel posted in different districts or any other police department. Regular reminders are being sent in this regard,” said a senior officer.

Besides,the station house officers of police stations across the city have been asked to clear pending cases at the earliest.

With an aim “to make the system more efficient”,the commissioner had earlier dissolved battalions II (Delhi Police commandos) and V (arrangement personnel) and most of its staff was transferred to the newly-formed Southeast district. On the other hand,the VI Battalion,which too looked after arrangement of personnel,was united with III Battalion to increase the number of men escorting prisoners to jails across the country.

Apart from this,VIII,IX and X battalions were merged into one to use one-third of its staff in other departments.

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