Assam Police to recruit 2000 cops

India on 03 October 2013
Location : Assam, India | Source : Times of India

In a bid to manage the acute manpower crunch in Assam Police, the department is likely to recruit at least 2,000 personnel within this year. The state government has recently sanctioned the posts for recruitment.

Earlier, chief minister Tarun Gogoi had announced that the state government will constitute a task force to find out ways on how to modernize the police force. He added that at least 8,000 more police personnel will be recruited in phases.

"The lack of adequate manpower in the force has been a major concern. We may start the appointment process for the 2,000 posts in October," said Assam police chief J N Choudhury.

He said the force is now under tremendous workload. "With fresh skilled people and by giving them proper training, the state police can deal with the huge backlog of cases and investigations more efficiently," he said.

Assam Police have one of the worst performance records in the country last year with the third highest pendency rate in the country at 61.2 per cent. "At the end of 2012, there were 98,844 cases pending in various police stations in Assam, including backlog cases from previous years," said the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report.

During the last assembly session, state environment and forest minister Rockybul Hussain said that against the sanctioned strength of 72,461 posts, the state police have 64,642 personnel. This meant some 7,800 posts were lying vacant in the state police force.

The city police are also likely to add another 60 police officers within a month. "We are appointing 60 armed branch sub-inspectors from police battalions soon," the DGP said. Initially, these officers will deal with law and order in the city. The city police will also get 35 new patrolling vehicles for round-the-clock vigilance.

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