Clean up police stations: Delhi CP

The `junkyard-type` look of police stations has earned the wrath of Delhi Police chief BK Gupta.

New Delhi: The `junkyard-type` look of police stations has earned the wrath of Delhi Police chief BK Gupta who has asked his men to clean up the facilities and remove old vehicles lying around as soon as possible.

The stern message from Gupta came after his visits to two police stations and interaction with staff of district units, traffic, security and police control room within the first ten days of his taking over charge.

"I have asked the police stations to remove junk vehicles and clean up police stations so as to give a new environment. Things need to improve drastically," Gupta said.

The 58-year-old official said the purpose of his visits was to convey to the personnel that the police stations needed a "lot of improvement". A lot of junk is seen strewn across the premises of police stations.

The 1975-batch officer, who took over the reins from YS Dadwal on November 10, also wants his officers to treat people approaching them like the way they would want their family members to be treated by police.

"We have set up a women personnel-controlled desk at every police station. A complainant will have the first contact with a woman officer in each police station," he said.

The beat patrolling system is another area which is being "revitalised". The beat officer is supposed to know every single movement in his area, Gupta said.

"The beat officer is responsible for every incident happening in his area," he said, adding, his move is intended at ensuring maximum visibility of police in the city.

"It brings confidence to people and they can approach police if the visibility is more," he said.
His first ten days also saw Traffic Police identifying ten corridors, including Connaught Place Outer Circle, where it will ensure "zero tolerance" of traffic offences.

"We have started disciplining buses to ply in extreme left lanes. They are being asked to stop at bus stops only. We will scale up the drive once we find success in this," said.

Gupta, who headed Tihar jail before becoming Delhi Police chief, said he has started a monthly appraisal of Station House Officers and Assistant Commissioners.

"They will have to provide details like how many detections they have done, action against organised crime, detection of violent crimes, identifying top 50 criminals of the area, action on complaints, arrests of proclaimed offenders and adverse comments by courts," he said.

Gupta said this was not meant to harass people but the records will help senior officials to advise the juniors on their shortcomings.