Recruitments, promotions beef up 'short-staffed' police

India on 05 September 2013
Location : Panaji, India | Source : Times of India. Image Source: Flickr User Prato9x

PANAJI: In a little less than a year, the police department has recruited 1,757 personnel -around 25% of the present strength-and has promoted 1,555 personnel belonging to different ranks.

The massive recruitment drive, which began in October 2012, saw the force's personnel strength up from around 5,000 to 6,700, as the 1,757 vacant posts were filled through direct recruitments.

While 105 police sub-inspectors, 698 police constables and 192 police constable drivers were recruited for the Goa Police force, the department also recruited 23 PSIs, 675 PCs and 64 ministerial and follower staff for the third Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB).

DGP Kishan Kumar told TOI that the selected PSIs (armed police) of the 3rd IRB are undergoing training at the Central Training College, CRPF, Mudkhed, Nanded, Maharashtra, since September 2, while the selected Constables of 3rd IRB will start training at the Recruit Training Centre, CRPF, Avadi, Tamil Nadu from September 14.

The selected Goa Police PCs have also been given their appointment letters and will undergo training at the Police Training School, Valpoi, from September 20, said Kumar.

The home department has also appointed 34 lower division clerks in the last one year.

Meanwhile, Wednesday saw 234 police personnel of various ranks promoted taking the tally of promotions in the force to 1,555.

Under the latest promotions, 17 assistant sub-inspectors are now PSIs, 101 head constables are now ASIs, 101 PCs are now HCs and 15 PCs (wireless) are now HC (RTO).

In addition, the department has promoted 1,321 police officers, personnel and ministerial staff.

Kumar said that in view of the large-scale promotions, 391 posts of PC and 8 posts of PSI are now vacant in the police department, while 191 PC posts and 2 PSI posts in IRB are also vacant. He added that the number of vacant posts will increase as the department is in the process of promoting more personnel.

"We will commence a fresh recruitment drive to fill up all the vacant posts in the Goa Police and IRB from October 2013 onwards. With these promotions and recruitments the staff shortage faced by the police force for a long time will be reduced to a large extent," said Kumar.

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