CP, Delhi
Ashok Chakra



          Ensuring free registration has always been my priority. Needless to say, the process of providing justice to a victim of a cognizable crime cannot begin unless an FIR is registered upon complaint.  My endeavour as CP, Delhi, for free registration has received total support from the highest echelons of the Government.  The media has also been objective in reporting the crime scenario. An increase in the registration of crimes, particularly street crimes, since August 2013 displays that policemen in Delhi have started overcoming their inhibitions.  We must stamp out burking from our functioning as it is one of the major causes of public dissatisfaction.   

        The year 2013 has been witness to the meticulous implementation of a slew of measures pertaining to women’s safety. These include increasing the number of call-takers on the Telephone  Nos. 100 and 1091; creation of 24x7 women helpdesks at all police stations; conversion of 522 posts of male Constables to that of Woman Constables and creation of additional posts of 306 W/SIs and 778 Woman Constables; interaction with students and teachers of girls colleges and schools; self defence training programmes; deployment of PCR vans, Motor Cycles and pickets to cover vulnerable locations and appointment of a Spl.CP level officer for holding regular interaction with NGOs and civil society.  We must appreciate that as long as every woman on Delhi’s streets does not feel fully safe, our task is incomplete.

        While maintaining a clear focus on women’s safety, Delhi Police planned meticulous operations against desperate criminal gangs and terrorists.  The arrest of Abdul Karim Tunda (LeT) was a testimony to these efforts.      The Crime Branch, Special Cell and Districts officers apprehended 63 desperate criminals, 43 of whom carried rewards ranging from Rupees 50,000 to 5 lakh for their arrest.  Eight desperate criminals were killed when police personnel had to fire in self defence during certain encounters.  Enhanced registration as a result of the efforts for free registration has led to the solving of 3,242 heinous crimes as against 2,042 such cases during the previous year.  This increase exhibits that many more criminals have been brought to book.  A total of 36,134 IPC cases were solved as compared to 27,544 IPC cases during the previous year. Almost all sensational murders and robberies including the quadruple murder cum robbery of Vivek Vihar were solved in record time.

        On the law and order front, the performance of Delhi Police has been commendable.  Both the Special Branch as well as the local police have shown deep appreciation of developments having a bearing on the law & order scenario.  A large number of festivals, important government and private functions/events, dharnas, demonstrations, morchas, rasta roko, protest programmes and bandhs were managed peacefully because of due appreciation of the situation and meticulous planning and execution of arrangements made by all the concerned units.  A total of 11,047 demonstrations, rallies, dharnas, strikes, fairs and festivals were held in the city.  The year also saw visits by important foreign dignitaries including the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, President of France, Emperor and Empress of Japan, PM of Iraq, Premier of China, President of Egypt and the President of Afghanistan.  A number of international summits and conferences were also hosted in Delhi including the meetings of the ASEAN and the BRICS. 

        Traffic is an area which affects every citizen’s life.  Multimodal traffic, rapid unplanned commercialisation along roads and highways, an indifferent attitude towards road safety had been responsible for a disturbingly high accident rate in Delhi.  However, it has consistently been coming down in recent years due to the untiring efforts of the Traffic unit of Delhi Police.  The number of fatalities due to accidents have reduced from 1,801 (in 2012) to 1,725 (in 2013), which is the lowest in the last 10 years.  Nevertheless one wonders why should the unpardonable loss of human lives and serious injuries in road accidents be tolerated and how road safety should be a greater priority of all concerned including the road users.  It pains me to see two wheeler riders wearing helmets, without strapping, only to escape police action.  More intriguing is the utter disregard to their safety by the cyclists and pedestrians. Road users, civil society and all other influential individuals and groups – whether governmental, social, religious and political – need to extend their full support to make roads safer. 

        Mobility with safety has to be the guiding principle for any Traffic manager.  To achieve this, the Traffic unit needs to build its action plan on the four pillars of Education, Regulation, Enforcement and Road Engineering (ERER) – all well known facets of traffic management.  The mantra of ERER however, needs to become a vision shared by all traffic personnel so that they do not remain moribund and freely contribute newer ideas to enhance mobility with safety.

        Community participation in policing is a sine qua non for public satisfaction.  We must involve people, wherever possible, in policing. In this process, Delhi Police threw open 45 police stations across Delhi for inspection by people residing in the jurisdiction of these police stations.  The exercise was conducted on globally accepted methods and parameters by an independent global body called Altus Global Alliance.

        About 5000 citizens took part in this inspection conducted between 4 – 9 November, 2013, coordinated by the Vigilance Unit of the Delhi Police.  The average score of the 45 police stations was 83.38.  The all-India average was 79.44. The visitors felt that the participating police stations in Delhi on an average were more than adequate on four of the five categories identified for the assessment.

        In order to promote a long lasting partnership with community to enhance safety and reduce fear of crime, the mechanism of Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, which aims at enhancing the security of a neighbourhood by harnessing the capabilities of its residents, has been revived as the main thrust area for people-police interface. Partners in the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme are the residents and the local police station. Office bearers are not being imposed or nominated by police. Local community leaders selected/elected by residents and local Division and Beat Staff are to manage these schemes with the objective of improving security of the concerned area.

        I firmly believe that policing’s boundaries are defined by the law of the land. It, however, does not mean that there is no scope for innovation and experimentation. In fact, out of the box solutions -whether commonsense based or rooted in technology - as long as within the confines of law, need to be encouraged.  A number of ideas have emerged during my interaction with the rank and file of Delhi Police, some of them like dedicated mechanism for transportation and disposal of unidentified dead bodies; car free area around Boat Club during certain hours; use of reflective jackets by policemen after sunset; revamping of in-service training including regular lectures for Officers of the rank of Addl.DCP and above; mobilisation of two additional Coys of CP Reserve; and pro-active tasking of Crime Branch and Special Cell to assist local police immediately after the occurrence of serious crimes have already been rolled out. A number of other ideas are being incubated and their roll out in 2014 may further help in performing our task better.

        Policing is an onerous responsibility.  Despite constraints, we have maintained peace and order and we must give our best to sustain the same.  When, I was DGP, Goa, I had come across an old police flag where three words ‘Shanti, Seva, Nayaya’ i.e. ‘Peace, Service, Justice’ were inscribed.  Nothing can better define a policeman’s task than these three words as responsibility of preserving peace has to be discharged with a sense of service and an eye on fair play.  To enable us to be constantly enthused to give our best to serve the people, the words ‘Shanti, Seva, Nayaya’ have been inscribed in the logo of Delhi Police in the space available in the ribbon at the base of the logo.

        Lastly, during the year 2013, Delhi Police personnel have served the people with distinction and have displayed the capacity to shoulder the burden of maintaining peace and tranquillity in the capital city.  I am sure we shall display the same spirit during the year 2014.