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Punjab Police drops ‘force’ for service

In a move aimed at giving equality,the Punjab Police,as per the new rules being framed and to be notified soon,has proposed to call all its personnel as officers.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh |
August 20, 2011 12:00:37 am

In a move aimed at giving equality,the Punjab Police,as per the new rules being framed and to be notified soon,has proposed to call all its personnel as officers.

The constable and head constable rank personnel,who were categorised as Other Ranks,shall now be called Junior Enrolled Police Officers,while the assistant sub-inspectors,sub-inspectors and inspectors will be categorised as Senior Enrolled Police Officers. The deputy superintendents of police,assistant commissioner of police,assistant superintendent of police and above will be categorised as Senior Police Officers.

The rank structure shall be applicable to all the cadres and sub-cadres in the 72,000 strong police force.

Also the concept of ‘force’ in the police organisation has been modified and substituted with mission of services towards the community to which the police service belongs. Hence the personnel are now members of the ‘police service’ and not ‘police force’,states the new rules.

Besides,the personnel of clerical staff and executive police clerical staff have been proposed to be merged into police ministerial staff. Also,separation of detection and investigation work from maintenance of public order has been adopted and dedicated staff to perform the functions of detection and investigation have been posted.

The police personnel of the four cadres shall be called the Enrolled Police Officers who shall be recruited through specially constituted Recruitment Boards or Sub-Boards. The direct recruitment shall only be for the rank of constable and sub-inspector,while posts of ranks other than these,shall be filled through departmental promotions.

On receipt of recommendations of the Police Recruitment Board,after completion of the process of medical examination and character verification,the authority shall appoint and enrol by allotting Personnel Identity numbers to the candidates so selected finally. Any enrolled officer,prior to completion of three years of service,if found unfit for duty,can be discharged from the service by the competent authority.

The rules further state that in order to augment the strength of police,suitable citizens can be appointed as Special Police Officers (SPOs) for a particular duration,on ad hoc basis.

The candidates for such appointment shall be minimum matriculate with Punjabi as one of the subjects from any recognized board or university. The SPOs shall have the same physical standards,as prescribed for the recruitment of constables.

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