Delhi Police constables who are graduates and have 10 years’ experience on the force will soon be made investigation officers (IO) of petty cases, in accordance with a notification ordered by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
Before becoming investigation officers, however, the constables who make the cut, will have to pass a training in investigation, prescribed by Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi. to probe cases which have a maximum punishment prescribed as seven years.
The notification empowering SHOs of police stations to appoint constables as investigation officers assumes significance because senior officers are burdened with hundreds of cases at any given point in time. Delhi Police have nearly 40,000 constables and about half of them are posted in police stations.
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Sources said Bassi sent the proposal about six months ago and additional secretary (home) O P Mishra issued the notification on October 21 by the order of Jung.
“Constables who make the grade to be investigation officers will look into crimes such as theft, pick-pocketing, car thefts, and under Arms Act, Excise Act, Gambling Act and Defacement Act,” said police sources. “Earlier these were investigated by head constables and other senior officers,” added the sources.
Usually, in police stations, inspectors look into all heinous cases including murder, and cheating. Sub-inspectors look into cases such as attempt to murder and robbery. Assistant sub-inspectors and head constables investigate house thefts, burglary, snatching and cases under Arms Act and Excise Act.
Till September 15, Delhi Police registered 1,32,229 cases, up from 1,05,213 cases registered in 2014.
Senior Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra welcomed the move. “After the truthful registration of FIR, an investigating officer was handing nearly 100 cases at one time, but now the officer can concentrate on every case with dedication and on the basis of its gravity,” he said.