WEARING ‘LOW-WAIST’ trousers on duty can land Punjab police personnel, including senior officers, in trouble. The recent trend of personnel in armed battalions, particularly new recruits, wearing low-waist trousers has irked senior officers of the Punjab police.
Commandants of the armed battalions in the state will be held accountable if personnel who report to them are found to be wearing “low-waist trousers.”
Armed Battalions Additional Director General of Police Sanjeev Kalra, while noting that “newly recruited male and female personnel’s way of wearing uniform is not proper,” especially the belt which is very low to the waist and looks odd”, has directed commandants in all armed battalions to ensure that the personnel wear the uniform “as per the pattern only.”
Kalra issued the instructions after the issue was discussed in a meeting with officers of armed battalions on September 15.
Kalra, in his directives to commandants, pointed out that “the police is a disciplined force where any violation of discipline cannot be tolerated.”
“Yes, I have directed the commandants to ensure that personnel only wear the prescribed uniform, the pattern of which has been finalised by the committee for the purpose. I told commandants that as leaders of the police force, it is their duty to ensure that the personnel abide by the prescribed code. Also, this will ensure uniformity, a must for a disciplined force,” Kalra told The Indian Express.
Asked if only new recruits were wearing low-waist trousers, Kalra said he did not have the specific details.
An official in the clothing section at the Punjab Police Academy in Phillaur said that as per the norms, the uniform trouser should be tied “at the level of belly button.”
Tailors who specialise in police uniforms in Sector 17 in Chandigarh say the number of cops opting for low-waist trousers has seen a sharp increase in the past couple of years.
“ In the past, police officers visited the shop to tell me not to stitch low-waist trousers even if there are such requests from cops. But if we refuse, they go to other tailors.”