ASIs, head constables can now probe non-heinous cases

Bengaluru: The junior rung of the police force is walking tall and proud with a slight swagger in their stride, and for good reason too.

In a new circular, the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police has directed the jurisdictional heads to assign non-heinous cases to assistant sub-inspectors and head constables for investigation. Until now, these personnel were relegated to patrolling duties, maintaining law and order (sentry duty, crowd control, bundobust), and submitting spot reports from a crime scene.

In the circular dated April 7, R.K. Dutta, DG&IGP, said the staff of the jurisdictional police are under pressure to manage investigations and maintain law and order on a day-to-day basis. Owing to this, the quality of investigation has deteriorated, the circular said. Handing over of non-heinous cases to ASIs and head constables will reduce work pressure.

Non-heinous cases include non-fatal accidents, assaults, and thefts, among others. Inspectors and sub-inspectors of the respective police stations can monitor the cases and the investigating officer can file charge sheet before the court. This will be applicable to personnel across the State.

“This is a good move and has been enforced,” said Praveen Sood, City Police Commissioner. According to him, the new rule will not only empower junior personnel, but also provide them the opportunity to gain experience on field, adding that non-serious cases like assault and accidents represent over 80% of the total registered cases in a station.

So far, inspectors and sub-inspectors had to probe every case. As non-heinous cases do not require extra skills, the ASIs and head constables can handle such cases, apart from conventional sentry and patrolling duty, said another official.

As many as 11,000 police personnel were promoted as head constables to assistant sub-inspectors in January this year across the State.

“If we do not get promoted, we usually end up doing sentry duty and patrolling all all our lives and retire with no memories. This move will boost our morale and we can now proudly say that we too have investigated cases,” said a recently promoted A

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