Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar has ordered Station House Officers (SHO) of all police stations to be present at their respective posts at night.
Making night-duty mandatory,the order observes that SHOs have absolved themselves of most responsibilities by distributing their work to inspector-rank officers at police stations.
The circular,issued by Kumar on September 10,has made it mandatory for the SHOs to take permission from the Additional Commissioner of Police or the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of the area if they have to leave the police station for a particular night.
Such permissions can be taken only once a week or during special circumstances.
The circular states that the presence of three inspectors in every police station has triggered a sense of disused responsibility.
Some of the SHOs seem to have absolved themselves of most responsibilities by distributing police station work between an inspector and the anti-terrorist officer, it says.
Another consequence of the three-inspector regime,noticed in some police stations,is the absence of SHOs at night without seeking permission of the Additional CP or DCP. This is in contravention of the age-old tradition of the Delhi Police,in which the officer in charge of police stations used to spend the night at the post daily, the circular says.
The SHOs must understand that their presence keep the other ranks on their toes. They can respond to emergencies at night,check night patrols and assist other SHOs,should a situation arise, it says.
Other than the SHOs,the police chiefs order says it has been noticed that staff posted at police stations seldom stay there till morning.