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Police come up with award for their ‘real’ heroes

It is a common complaint among lower-rung cops that whenever a case is cracked,senior police officers appear on TV and their pictures are splashed across newspapers while the ‘real’ men behind the success go unnoticed.

Written by Aiswarya A | Mumbai |
May 10, 2009 10:11:12 pm

Two police stations award certificates to their personnel for good work

It is a common complaint among lower-rung cops that whenever a case is cracked,senior police officers appear on TV and their pictures are splashed across newspapers while the ‘real’ men behind the success go unnoticed. Now,the Shivaji Park and Dadar police stations are taking steps to ensure that such policemen too get their share of credit. Every Friday,they award certificates to their officers who have done good work.

The practice has been on for the past few months,and this Friday it was the turn of constables Keshav Bhoiye,Sikander Wasave,Sunil Godse and Adhikrao Lavand to receive the certificates.

Despite sweat running down their faces as they stood upright under the sun,they were all smiles. And as soon as their names were called out,they marched to the front of the group and accepted their certificates from Assistant Commissioner of Police Balkrishna Bhange.

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“These personnel were to a large extent responsible for cracking most of the cases as they are the ones who slog on the field. Under the guidance of Additional Commissioner of Police Sadanand Date and Deputy Commissioner of Police Milind Bharambe,we struck upon the idea of issuing certificates and a nominal reward to the personnel who do good work. This boosts the morale of the personnel who rarely get credit for their contribution,” ACP Bhange said.

Bhoiye and Wasave,both 30 years old,from the Dadar police station,were instrumental in nabbing an accused in a 1989 rioting case who had arrived in the city in April. Due to their hard work,the case against the accused will now be able to proceed.

Similarly,Godse (47) and Lavand (37) from the Shivaji Park police station played a major role in tracking down a bus driver from the Sane Guruji School who was wanted in a case of molesting girls he used to ferry to school and back.

“There was immense pressure on the police as the school authorities feared the case would malign their school’s image. Moreover,we were also in the media glare. However,we had to do our job and we arrested the driver,” said Godse. He added that though work goes on regardless of accolades,getting acknowledged for good work is obviously welcome.

“We (constables) have to face so many problems in the line of duty. When we go to arrest someone,we nab him only after hours of pursuit. We have to face irate locals,protesting women and logistical problems. However,when we receive credit for work in this manner,all the negatives of the profession get washed away and are encouraged to do still better,” said Bhoiye.

The policemen said that this felicitation has led to a ‘positive’ competition between the two police stations. “Now,when someone from the other police station gets a certificate,we become all the more determined to earn the honour for our police station the next time. The quality of work has also improved,” said Lavand.

ACP Bhange,meanwhile,stressed that the certificates were not just for constables but for all those men and women in the police stations who do good work; be it in investigation or interaction with public in the station or even administrative or preventive work.

“Thanks to this mini event,we have also been able to train our personnel in small things like how to walk up to the officer giving away the certificate and how to receive it from him; how to pose for the camera and speak a few words in public. We aim for all round development and continued improvement,” he said.

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