LG Baijal directs Delhi Police to empower beat staff

NEW DELHI: Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday directed the Delhi Police to leverage the latest technology to empower beat staff and improve their visibility in the field. Chairing a meeting on law and order, Baijal also said that steps should be taken to update beat policing.
"The LG suggested that appropriate steps should be taken for upgrading technical skills of beat staff so that they can leverage latest technology and become multi-functional in order to meet future challenges," said a statement from the Lieutenant -Governor's office. He also asked for improved visibility of the beat policemen, the statement said.
The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary (home), Commissioner of Police and other top Delhi Police officers. Baijal was informed by the officials that about 8,000 police personnel, including about 700 women, have been deployed as beat officials across 163 police stations of the national Capital. The Lieutenant-Governor encouraged the initiative undertaken by the Delhi Police in East district for briefing of staff at public areas and directed its replication in other districts as well. He also encouraged the practice of beat officials visiting the senior citizens, saying it instilled security and assurance among them. The LG also advised introducing a system to incentivise performing personnel.
During the meeting, it was briefed that integration of private security personnel with the police at ground level is vital for safety and security of the people. Further, to ensure their proper working, an impartial performance audit of these security agencies should be undertaken on priority basis.
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