Updated: November 22, 2021 7:42:50 am
Madhya Pradesh will implement the police commissionerate system in state capital Bhopal and Indore, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Sunday, saying that the move will benefit security forces better maintain law and order in the two cities.
“Police is doing a good job… But the population of cities is expanding… Thereby new problems of law and order and administration is coming up. For their resolution and for control on crime, we have decided to implement the police commissioner system in Bhopal and Indore,” the Chief Minister said on Sunday.
Currently, responsibilities are divided between the district magistrate and the Superintendent of Police (SP). The DM issues arrest warrants and licences, and the SP directs investigation for crimes and the arrests.
Under this change, a police commissioner will have the combined responsibility of policing as well as magisterial powers. The commissioner also directly reports to the state government, instead of the district administration.
“A police officer is better equipped at understanding of implication at giving orders of preventive detention on what might appear to be a simple case to a district magistrate. A DM would be unaware of the criminal history of the person… Bail bonds are also mostly ineffective under the dual system with offenders mostly not turning up. But with the commissionerate system, the criminal will have to present himself before the police officer instead of the magistrate,” said a senior MP Police officer, on the condition of anonymity.
There are presently 65 commissionerates functioning in the country. A handful of states and Union territories such as such as Bihar and J&K are among those with no commissionerate system as yet.
According to the 2011 census, Indore is the state’s most populous district (32.76 lakh) and Bhopal (23.7 lakh) the fourth most.
Chouhan’s announcement comes close on the heels of the three-day DGPs/IGPs conference attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah this weekend.
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