In a first, Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma has directed senior officers from joint commissioner to additional commissioner rank of all units of the force to start performing night supervisory duty as night gazetted officers.
“Till now, only additional deputy commissioner rank officers performed this night duty, which essentially means you are in charge and all incidents through the night are reported to you,” said a source aware of the order issued by Verma.
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According to the source, the decision was taken after intelligence units gave inputs of a possible terror strike by 10 Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed militants suspected to have sneaked into India through Gujarat. “A need was felt to upgrade night supervisory duty and checking,” said the source.
Sources said Verma had initially considered putting all special commissioners of police on this night duty, but not all officers warmed up to this idea. Then, the decision was taken to deploy senior officers from all units, including special branch and licensing.
Another source aware of the development said, “The joint commissioners of police requested Verma to deploy deputy commissioner rank officers with them, saying it would be impossible for them to cover the whole city in one night, but he turned down their request.”
The source added, “The first night duty list of 21 officers has already been prepared, and 12 joint commissioner and nine additional commissioner rank officers have been given the duty.”
Sources said the names of three joint commissioners have not been included in the first list drawn up for this night duty. Each of the senior officers has one night’s duty, according to the list, and the plan ahead is to go for a rotation policy, added the sources.