Five all-women PCR vans to guard areas with high footfall
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday launched five all-women PCR vans which will guard areas with high footfall, especially of women, students and tourists.
According to police, these PCR Vans will be deployed at Vishwa Vidhyalaya Metro Station (North Campus), Patel Chest Institute ( Delhi University),Rajeev Chowk Metro Station, Lady Sri Ram College, Sri Venkateswara College and South Campus.
Sanjay Baniwal, Special Commissioner of Police (Women Safety and Operations), stated that twenty-seven women police personnel have been specially selected and imparted training in firing skills. They have also been trained in Unarmed Combat skills. "In order to equip them with the new nature of responsibilities, they have undergone a special refresher course on behaviour, soft skills, communication skills and law at the Subsidiary Training Unit, PCR in Rajender Nagar," said Baniwal.
Police claimed that women's safety has always been an area of prime concern for Delhi Police and keeping this in mind Delhi Police had launched a pilot project in September 2016 by inducting five All-Women PCR Vans, staffed and operated by all women staff.
Police further claimed that in an independent study conducted about the impact of deployment of these All-Women PCR Vans, it was found that women felt it easier to communicate with women police personnel and narrate their grievances without any hesitation. Delhi Police also takes immense pride in letting its women personnel perform such critical operational duties.
"Judging the impact, assessment and enthusiasm among the lady staff, a second phase comprising of five more All-Women PVs are being launched on the occasion of "International Women's Day," police said.