Delhi has an area of 1483 Sq. kms and a population of 1.9 Crore, and there are 75169 police men including 5356 women cops . So how can Delhi be made safer ?
So there are 50.68 policemen for each square KM. To me, this appears to be a good number per Sq. km.
Delhi has 149 police stations .
So , if we need to make Delhi secure . We might not need to add more police force just focus on deployment .
There are 617 PCR vans , but out of them 74 are off duty or dysfunctional . So, effective number of PCR vans are 543 . So , one Van for every 2.4 KM ( 2.7 KM , if we take out the dysfunctional vans ) …
So, in a real sense , the Delhi state is not insecure for want of more force , but needs a more ‘effective force’.. I believe, the police personnel are so grossly involved in ‘making money’ , and getting ‘lucrative postings’ and then trying to make good the investment , that they are not interested in security of the residents in Delhi at all. They are just ‘reactive’ and not a ‘proactive’ police .
I would recommend cutting the police force by 50 % , and increasing the salaries by 50 %, and getting tough on corruption within the force would make the things change . Also, we need ‘surveillance’ for politicians and the Delhi police need not provide security to them , and their ‘party workers’ should safe guard their leaders and not the police force . Though , the police could train the party workers for the security duty .
Also, each police station should not be having more than 10 police personnel at any point in time including 2 female police personnel
Roping in civil police volunteers with proper back ground check will do the trick of proving more timely action .
Also, FIR’s should be recorded over SMS / online , to avoid the cases of police not registering FIR’s at all . The format for FIR should be available to the public with basis information
Time to think radical to bring about the change
Rajendra Pratap Gupta
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1. 1 van for every 2.7 skm: the area seems small in numbers though patrolling that area with population/infrastructure density makes it impenetrable to locate crime spots and when the concern is to nab the rap events its much harder as the spots may be either stationary or mobile. in case of delhi most are in moving vehicle. a general scanning-patrol is easy though the police force in India is not equipped with instruments that allow them to scan through the concrete walls and hear voices from across the building or inside building or for that sake the silent-choppers. the capability and resources are limited to what one sees/hears is what one interprets. And Indian roads (patrolling areas) are way too noisy to hear or see anything worth suspicion. Some training does help though the ever changing tactic of culprits is not equated with constant updated training of police force.
2. 50.68 policeman per skm is very good number, even the first world countries don’t have number that close to it; they generally run in lower tens! However, this number is more dependent on population rather than area thus rather a comparison on inadequate scale. even if one takes it the way data stands today, the biggest issue with these 50.68 cops per skm are: job permanence – those who have full-time perm jobs in the force are busy finding ways to exploit the govt. job’s benefit than benefiting the job function they are hired for. and those who are temps are busy finding stable jobs or using whatever they can of the temp govt job.
3. Proper deployment: define this term in Indian context?
4. 50%-50% Rule: very good idea and a very bad idea; good because those who would stay in job will get good salary though there is no guarantee that they will exert themselves to the same or even higher level thus, performance is not a guarantee in this case. rather the socio-psycho-economic researches addressing similar issues have found this path to be counter productive!
5. Volunteer program – clean background individuals to act as informants. this system has a success rate of less than one percent even in countries where corruption is less (TI CPI rating of 10 and below) and the volunteer informants are assured 100% anonymity, India with TI CPI rating of 96 and no such assurance of maintaining anonymity, the spider-man will be consumed by the lizards of the system or society!
India is a third world economy with fourth world population (except few parts that are at par with first!). when we talk about the degrading law and order then we are talking about specially this fourth grade India! Thus, one can not have a mix-bag of law to deal with them where the first world considerations and concessions are privileged to this fourth grade citizens. Judiciary has to include the maximum punishment with the clause of leniency on case-by-case basis, the current judiciary is lenient to begin with, a typical of most first world nations which is what India is not! a lenient judiciary encourages crimes of all sorts. for example the gun-rights are associated with the second ammendment of america though the second ammendment doesn’t ask for citizen’s right to bear gun for self-defence, it simply asks to ‘bear arms,’ most americans see guns for arms and there are few who are arguing to bear rocket-launchers in the name of same second ammendment, the judiciary of america is unable to take any action against gun as it is lenient to begin with and then the guns = second ammendment right has made it almost impossible. in Indian context the first flaw in judiciary is it’s leniency and second is the non-equal rights to one gender over the other. This is also one of the factor that is taking economy down!!!