The State Home Department has given a go ahead for establishing special traffic police stations in the State. Beginning with Ahmedabad city police, 14 new traffic police stations are underway.
After Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Mumbai even Gujarat will have traffic police stations working in four commission rates and later in all districts.
The Indian Express has first reported in February this year that the Traffic department of Gujarat Police had requested for establishing special traffic police stations. In the same month, the State Government had sanctioned direct recruitment of 6000 policemen in traffic wing, which was until now working on deployments and transfers in the traffic department.
Additional CP (Traffic) Harekrishna Patel said, “The State Government has sanctioned the opening of 14 traffic police stations which will now change the entire system of the working of the traffic police as we expected. We had requested them to give one traffic police station to every two regular police stations seeing the growing importance of smart traffic management and a watch to control reckless drivers, accidents, traffic snarls in metros”.
These 14 new traffic police stations will come up in 14 divisions of the Ahmedabad Police that are supervised by one Assistance Police Commissioner. The Traffic department’s chief Patel and his existing team of two DCPs and one ACP will supervise the functioning of these traffic police stations.
The traffic police stations will now take over investigations of accidents, hit and run cases and other issues of traffic and roads that were earlier looked after by regular police stations.
With the sanction of new traffic police stations from the State Government, the traffic department will also get new hands to run these police stations. However this time, these new hands would be those policemen who have willfully joined the police force to work in the traffic department as direct recruits.
The State Government is therefore beginning with the first phase of sanctioning new hands, has given permission for recruitment of 1012 policemen in the traffic department. These traffic cops recruited directly in traffic department will continue to work in the same department even during their statewide transfers and reshuffles.
The recruitment of the traffic policemen will begin shortly by the police recruitment board.
While observing the average pattern of recruitment in the traffic department, out of every 10 recruits, six to seven are constables and three to four are head constable or assistant sub-inspectors (ASI) rank. Going by this pattern, out of the 6,000 new recruits, 2,000 would be promoted as ASIs to balance the numbers of all ranks.
These 6,000 traffic constables will be posted across the state, including Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot cities as their strength gets sanctioned by the government in a phase wise manner.
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