October 24, 2020

Perform or perish diktat to police

Patna: Deputy inspector-general (central range) Rajesh Kumar has sent out a message to policemen posted in 76 police stations in Patna district – “Perform or perish”. This is his mantra to rein in crime and fix accountability.

Rajesh, who returned from a mid-career training programme this week, has given an ultimatum to police personnel right from constable to station house officer level to improve performance within 15 days. Those found to be lax will be removed from field posting and sent to the police line.

The assessment started on Saturday. “I will review performance of policemen posted in police stations on the 16th day. Those found to be lax or identified as non-performers will be removed from the police station thereafter,” Rajesh told The Telegraph on Friday.

Rajesh, a 2003-batch IPS officer, further said: “The new initiative is aimed at improving law and order as well as inculcating a sense of accountability in the police force. There have been instances when junior officers blamed their seniors for their failure to accomplish their task. This attitude needs to change.”

Performance will be assessed on the basis of reports on execution of pending warrants or property attachment orders, arrest of wanted criminals, disposal of cases pending for investigation, action taken on applications forwarded to seniors and, last but not the least, their behaviour with the aggrieved at the police station.

The list on the basis of which performance will be evaluated has already been provided to all police stations in Patna district. “This has been implemented on an experimental basis. The same will be applied in Nalanda if it succeeds in Patna,” he said.

Sources said that over 18,000 SR (serious reported) cases were pending for investigation in Patna district alone. On an average, 500 new cases are lodged every year in the district. “There are some police officers who have not handed over charge of investigation even after their transfer from the police station, thus leading to piling up of cases at the police stations,” a senior police officer said.

The DIG also has plans to suitably reward the three best performers. The officers doing well in the assignments will be posted as station house officers. Those identified as non-performers will be removed from police stations and deputed in police line. “The message is loud and clear and there will be no compromise on this issue,” he asserted.

Rajesh’s initiative – “Madadgar Police” – received wide applause from the people.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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