February 14, 2011

Haryana government has rejected the proposal of state police department to have commissionerate system of policing in Rohtak and Rewari. Sources said the police department had recently submitted a proposal requesting the government to introduce police commissionerate system in Rohtak and Rewari on the lines of Gurgaon and Faridabad.

The proposal stated that there was a need for a commissionerate system of policing in both Rohtak and Rewari, which have sufficient population for the new system, and that there was a need to improve policing in both the districts.

However, the proposal was rejected on grounds that the existing commissionerate system in Gurgaon and Faridabad had not brought about major improvement in policing, said sources.

A high-level meeting was called to discuss the police department's proposal during which a number of officers expressed their unhappiness over the present state of police commissionerate system in Gurgaon and Faridabad.

Officials said the police department had failed to meet targets in both the districts in terms of effective policing and also in gaining public confidence.

Sources said the general view in the meeting was that the commissionerate system in both the cities did not meet the desired expectations.

A senior bureaucrat, when contacted, said that the feedback from Gurgaon and Faridabad on the commissionerate system was not very encouraging.

"Under the new system, police have the powers to issue licenses under the Arms Act, but people are not happy. Police have also got more powers to control traffic and maintain law and order, but we don't see any major change in both the cities. Crime situation is as it was and traffic chaos has worsened," said the senior official.

Gurgaon was the first city in Haryana to get the commissionerate system of policing in 2007 followed by Faridabad in 2009.

Under the commissionerate system, police have all the magisterial powers, including that under sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC along with the power to issue licence under the Arms Act. Police can issue search warrants, take preventive measures and allow use of force and can invoke section 144 of the CrPc.

Faridabad district has been divided into Old, NIT and central Faridabad zones, each headed by deputy commissioner of police (DCP), and for Gurgaon also three police zones have been created under the commissionerate system.

When contacted, a senior police officer, however, refuted the claims that the new system has been ineffective in both the cities.

"Policing has improved in both Faridabad and Gurgaon. The only problem is that certain sections of the bureaucracy don't want to give police more powers, which the commissionerate system ensures," said the officer.

Read more: No new police commissionerates in Rohtak and Rewari - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-new-police-commissionerates-in-Rohtak-and-Rewari/articleshow/7490772.cms#ixzz1DuaPTQBx


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