BARPETA, Jan 3 � An office of the Assam Police is all set to receive a recognition of the international standard. The Barpeta Superintendent of Police (SP), GV Sivaprasad, told this correspondent that his office has met international standards in certain aspects of service and technology, and that the office is soon going to receive an ISO certificate.
Supporting his claim, Sivaprasad informed that he has launched a number of initiatives for quick and hassle-free service to the public and putting a curb on crimes. He added that the police force in the district has created a record in respect of disposal of cases.
Giving details of his initiatives during an interaction at his office, the senior IPS officer, known for his stern discipline, stated that the execution of non-bailable warrants (NBWs), which is a basic policing practice and which chases the habitual offenders, has been enhanced. It has helped in keeping more and more
accused behind the bars which, in turn, has discouraged habitual offenders in the public sphere and reduced crimes to a significant extent.
The SP office has prepared village-wise lists of NBWs, helping in apprehending more warrantees in lesser numbers of attempts. In 2011, as many as 2,604 NBWs were executed compared to 702 and 204 in 2010 and 2009 respectively. Only a meagre 378 NBWs were pending in 2011 as against 1,704 and 2,102 in 2010 and 2009 respectively.
It was also informed that in order to streamline the submission of case diaries, the SP�s office, which has been made a nodal centre for all case diaries, a day-wise list of case diary calls is maintained and it is monitored on a daily basis. Besides, bail petitions are objected to in all serious offences. In addition to this, counter prosecutions have been initiated against as many as 11 cases which is sure to have a great impact on framed and false cases.
The police have disposed of as many as 3,205 cases in 2011 against 2,680 in 2010 and 2,681 in 2009. The district chief of police lamented that there are only 36 sub-inspectors of police in the district against 53 sanctioned posts. This clearly indicates that about 90 cases have to be disposed of by an investigating officer on an average. He was candid in mentioning that the number of SIs in the district is very less in comparison to the population and against some districts of the State with lesser populations having more SIs.
While commending the jobs done by the investigating officers, Sivaprasad also said that some of the works previously done by the police stations, which consumed time and hampered the crime investigation process, have been taken away and are now being done by the SP�s office. It has relieved the police stations and the outposts of extra burden.
He also informed that apart from SIs and ASIs, the district faces shortage of both armed and unarmed personnel.
There is an urgent need of some technical management to maintain the law and order situation. The office has reviewed the necessity of PSOs provided to persons in the district and withdrawn security to 39 persons during 2011, decreasing such protectees to only 17 against 56 earlier .
The office has taken steps to record every event with video footage and procured six powerful CCTVs, which have reduced the deployment of forces. He also claimed that there was no law and order problem in the district during 2011 when the Assembly election was held.
From September 1, 2010 till December 19, 2011, 1,731 and 14,328 passport and other verification applications respectively were received by the office out of which 1,654 and 13,725 respectively have been disposed of, the SP said.
He added that during the last 16 months, a number of steps have been taken to improve the infrastructure both in the office of the SP and at the police stations and the outposts. All the requisite technical equipment has been installed and training has been imparted to officers to acquaint them and use them as and when necessary, Sivaprasad stated.