To encourage more women to join the police force, Delhi Police have decided to form a dedicated womens’ band, the first such group in its history. The band will have at least 100 women, who will play musical instruments and participate in Delhi Police’s Annual Day parade, as well as other ceremonial functions. Policemen in the force already have their own band, which participates in events held during Raising Day, Republic Day and Independence Day. The police officials, who play a variety of instruments, also participate in functions and events involving officers and their families.
Confirming the development, Special Commissioner of Police (DAP and recruitment) R S Krishnia told The Indian Express that the band was also meant to highlight the role of policewomen in the force. The final proposal about the band is yet to be drafted, said sources. “A proposal has been drawn up and it will be sent to the central government for its approval. The final draft of the proposal will be drawn up at the police headquarters,” said sources.
Recruitment of personnel for the women’s band will start once Delhi Police get the go-ahead from the government, said sources. The candidates will have to get through a written exam and an interview.
After recruitment, the band members will undergo training for six months in playing a particular musical instrument. The provisioning and logistics unit of Delhi Police will undertake the responsibility of buying the instruments, said sources.
During the Beating Retreat ceremony at Rajpath on January 29 this year, Delhi Police’s band had marched, for the first time,alongside contingents of Border Security Force (BSF) and the Indo Tibetan Border Force.