The Delhi Police headquarters have determined to take again management of Police Management Room (PCR) vans, beginning April 1. The event is available in gentle of a rise in circumstances of accidents, street rage, and hit-and-drag circumstances within the nationwide capital. In an effort to higher management the crime fee within the metropolis, PCR vans, additionally known as Cellular Patrol Automobiles (MPV), will now be beneath the management of the Central Police Management Room (CPCR).
Former Commissioner of Police Rakesh Asthana and different senior cops defined the explanations for the rollback of PCR integration that had taken place in September 2021. Notably, CNN-Timesof24 was the primary to report final yr that the mixing is more likely to be rolled again.
Sultanpuri’s Hit & Drag Case
The deliberations on the roll again gained tempo in January this yr, after a terrifying hit and drag case befell, through which a 20-year-old girl was dragged beneath a Baleno automotive for a number of kilometers in Delhi’s Sultanpuri space. She had remained undiscovered for hours, by any of the a number of PCR vans that have been on patrolling obligation within the space.
Calling the roll again as “revamp”, a senior officer mentioned following a number of conferences, displays and discussions, an in depth plan was chalked out to convey management of those emergency response autos, again to the central command.
“Earlier than the mixing of PCR with districts, any misery name that landed within the Central Police Management Room (CPCR) was despatched to the involved police station and the closest PCR van concurrently. The PCR van then reported to the spot and despatched an in depth action-taken report back to the CPCR. After the mixing, the PCR vans have been answerable to the police stations they have been connected with. Their positioning, the variety of workers to be deployed and different operational and logistical necessities have been to be determined by the police station. Now, the management is being introduced again to the CPCR. Districts have been knowledgeable. The execution is anticipated April 1 onwards,” mentioned a senior officer conscious of the roll again, requesting to not be named.
Lapses in PCR Van Operations, Response Time
After the Sultanpuri hit and drag case, the Delhi Police headquarters had additionally despatched an official communication to the Ministry of Residence Affairs that it’s wanting into the effectiveness of the PCR–District integration. This was the primary time such an statement was made formally, for the reason that merger.
“Findings of an inside report in Sultanpuri case had pointed in direction of sure lapses within the operation of PCR vans that evening which was adopted by disciplinary motion. Though Sultanpuri case is being appeared upon because the final ‘brick within the wall’, so far as the taking again the management from districts is anxious, it was being mentioned since final yr, a lot earlier than the incident,” mentioned one other officer, aware of the developments.
PCR Vans Integration Ordered by Former Commissioner of Police
Former CP Rakesh Asthana had ordered the mixing which is being undone following a number of studies highlighting inefficiency of the present system. After the mixing, the PCR vans and emergency response autos of the Delhi Police had come beneath the direct management of 15 completely different policing districts which the Capital is split into.
Nonetheless, the primary assembly on its roll again was held in 2022, after Sanjay Arora succeeded Asthana as Delhi’s Commissioner of Police. In response to studies, Arora was apprised concerning the poor suggestions on the merger throughout a gathering within the third week of August. Following an in depth presentation, Arora had then requested for strategies to additional enhance the functioning of the system.
Low Visibility & Low Upkeep Amongst Key Causes for Rollback
One of many issues for the reason that integration of PCR vans was its decreased visibility on roads of Delhi. Excessive visibility is usually believed to be a deterrence to avenue crime. The officers mentioned that earlier earlier than the mixing, a PCR workers used to finish a 12-hour shift adopted by 24 hours of relaxation time. Nonetheless, after the mixing with the districts, shifts of the PCR workers have been reduce quick to eight hours, adopted by eight hours of relaxation time. Additionally, the personnel now reported to police stations for change of shift and as there was no devoted workers for the PCR vans.
The police personnel have been deployed with PCR vans owing to their availability and relying upon their requirement for different miscellaneous duties on the given time, the officers mentioned.
Earlier, when the PCR vans have been managed by the CPCR, a pool of back-up autos was maintained in case of breakdown. The officers mentioned that the districts wouldn’t have any pool of extra PCR autos. On this case, if there’s a breakdown, the automobile must be despatched again to workshop and might solely report back to obligation as soon as repaired. This not solely results in a scarcity of emergency response autos in a district, but in addition turns into a purpose for low visibility, they mentioned.
Delayed Response Time
Believed to be one of many main points, the response time of those PCR vans or emergency response autos had elevated ever for the reason that integration. Officers mentioned that each PCR workers was geared up with a Cellular Information Terminal (MDT), a handheld machine, on which they press the ‘reached’ button to verify that they’ve arrived on the spot they have been requested to report back to by the command centre.
In lots of incidents, the workers studies its arrival on the spot a lot earlier than reaching the vacation spot, beneath the stress of sustaining the low response time. This has been confirmed by the workers on the command centre as all these autos are GPS enabled, the officers mentioned.
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