TO INCREASE the sense of security among women, female constables will now be deployed in police control room (PCR) vehicles in the city on the lines of Chandigarh. The female constables will work alongside their male colleagues in emergency cases. In the past the female constables were called by the PCR staff on reaching the spot.
SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar asserts that they want to increase visibility of the police in the city to take on anti-social elements, and it is a step in that direction.
Initially, around five to six female constables will be deputed in as many PCR vehicles in the city and they will be present in the day shift only. In the night shift, only male cops will be present in the PCR vehicles.
“With the female constables, the sense of security will increase among women. These PCR vehicles will be stationed in the areas where snatchings take place and the industrial areas where many women work and they have to face problems,” said a police official, adding that deployment of the female constables in the PCR vehicles was a long-pending demand of the city residents.
The official said that the decision was taken after some incidents of snatching were reported from Phase VI in the past. Following this, a meeting was held and it was decided that the female cops would be present in the PCR vehicles. The PCR vehicle in the district courts has already got a female constable.
The PCR has around 22 vehicles which patrol the city. Although female constables will not be present in all the vehicles right now, every vehicle will have one female constable in due course of time, said an official in traffic wing of the district police.
At present, the city has around 50 female constables who are posted in different police stations, traffic wing and control room. Out of the total, five to six female constables will be deputed in the PCR vehicles now.