Hoping to get a reality check on the reaction time of its PCR vehicles,the Chandigarh Police got a taste of the festive season rush on Sunday with as many as six of its total 56 vehicles overshooting the standard response time during a surprise mock drill. The drill also exposed that many of the PCR vehicles responded late to the call because they faced ignition problems.
A similar exercise conducted on Saturday night had seen many PCR vehicles responding later than the stipulated reaction time. Of the 30 PCR vehicles summoned on Saturday night,many reported late to the spot. Later,police officials defended this delay to the change of shift of personnel manning these PCRs.
In the second surprise drill intiated during the day on Sunday,the PCRs which arrived late were from Manimajra and Industrial Area police stations. Both the vehicles had the maximum distance to cover. While Manimajra needed to negotiate the Madhya Marg traffic,the Industrial Area vehicles had to deal with an increased number of traffic signals.
The drill started when Deputy Superintendent of Police (PCR) Roshan Lal ordered the police control room to flash a message across to all the PCR vehicles at 1.35 pm instructing them to reach the Matka Chowk immediately as there was an emergency. A similar message was flashed across to the five remaining police stations of the city where it was instructed that the vehicles should reach Samadi Chowk.
Inspector Bhupinder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh conducted the drill at Matka Chowk,while inspector Pargat Singh supervised the drill at Samaadhi Chowk. The response time of all the vehicles was noted down.
The response time varied from 3 to 10 minutes depending on the location.
Lal addressed all police personnel after the drill and instructed them to be more alert during the festive season. The problems faced by the PCR personnel were also addressed.
The surprise mock drill was conducted with a view to checking the response time of all the PCR vehicles,as they are the first to reach the public. The exercise had a good start though a few vehicles were late. At present,we have decided to ignore these as they had to deal with the festive season traffic and also travel a longer distance. We have instructed all the PCR units to avoid roads with heavy traffic so that the response time can be reduced. Such drills would now take place on a regular basis to improve the response time of the PCR vehicles, Lal told the Newsline.
The drill also helped the staff to explain their problems. He said the exercise was also a medium to introduce the staff to new officers and give out new instructions.
* The 24 vehicles from six police stations of Central and East divisions (Sectors 3,11,17,26,19 and Manimajra) had to report at Matka Chowk,while 32 vehicles from South division including Industrial Area had Samadhi Chowk near Sector 42 stadium as destination
* A message was flashed to all PCR vehicles in Central and East at 1:35 pm to reach Matka Chowk immediately,and to the police stations of the South to reach Samadi Chowk
* The ideal response time for a PCR to reach a spot was between 3 and 5 minutes but due to festive season and new traffic light points,the response time is generally between 5 and 7 minutes
* The response time varied from 3 to 10 minutes,depending upon the location of the vehicles