New Delhi: The Centre has extended the
Punjab Police Act to the union territory of Chandigarh and
fixed the tenure of local police officers, including SHOs, at
two years and authorised the Administrator to set up Railway
police stations within its jurisdiction.
While extending the Act to Chandigarh, the government
announced through a notification that the chief of Chandigarh
Police should have a tenure of not less than two years unless
he attains the age of superannuation or is incapacitated by
physical or mental illness or otherwise unable to discharge
An officer posted as Inspector General of Police of a
zone, Deputy Inspector General of Police of a range, Senior
Superintendent of Police and Superintendent of Police in a
police district, Assistant Superintendent of Police and Deputy
Superintendent of Police in a sub-division and Station House
Officer in a Police Station in a district, shall have a
minimum tenure of two years, the notification said.
"The Administrator may create Crime Investigation Units
in police stations, as he may deem necessary," it said.
With a view to prevent, detect and investigate crime and
for maintaining law and order in trains passing through the
areas falling in his jurisdiction, the administrator may
create a Railway Police Station consisting of such railway
lines and other railway area in the Union territory, it said.
The notification also said the Centre may establish a
Security Commission for the Union territory of Chandigarh with
such composition and functions as may be prescribed.
The Union government recommended setting up a Police
Establishment Committee which will decide the matters with
regard to postings and transfers of all police officers of the
rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police and below.