Beat policemen of the Delhi Police are being given GPS-enabled smartphones so that senior officers can keep track of them and ensure their presence on their beats during duty hours.
Police said the programme began on a trial basis last week in the Northeast district.
We keep receiving complaints of beat personnel signing in the duty register and signing out once their duty hours end and not actually being present on their beats when required. Street crimes such as snatching and eve-teasing can be prevented if beat policemen do their job sincerely, a senior police officer said.
The project has started on a trial basis,beginning with Bhajanpura where a monitoring cell has been stationed at the police station. The beat personnel have been provided with GPS-enabled Android phones,which will be monitored by the cell at the police station. Wherever the beat personnel go,we will be able to monitor their location while they are on duty. This will ensure their physical presence in the areas and neighbourhood,and help prevent street crimes, the officer said.
Police sources claimed that the project had received a good response and that over time,it would be implemented in the other districts.