Keeping in line with the policy of making the capital safer for women, Delhi Police (south district) launched an All Women Patrolling Squad to instil confidence among women in the city with regard to their safety. According to Delhi Police, the squad has been ‘Launched as a force multiplier for ensuring safety and security of women while commuting on road and at public places’, as per information provided by office of Romil Baaniya, IPS and DCP South District, Delhi Police.
The initiative of All Women Patrolling Squad was conceived with twin objectives. On one hand, it is designed to give a greater sense of security and comfort to the girls and women moving on road and at public places, for their personal and professional pursuits. On the other hand, it is a step forward in encouraging and motivating female police personnel by making the system more inclusive for them and putting them as the pro-active front of field policing. All in all, it is an effort to provide additional safeguards to women in the city.
The ‘Women Patrolling Squad’of South District has been equipped with motorcycle with four riding gear, a gypsy with a women police officer as the driver and incharge to lead the patrol team, wireless sets, protection team & firearms.
To give final shape to the idea, women police personnel having experience in field policing were carefully the squad vehicles chosen. They were given specialized training in driving & riding and in the maintenance of the squad vehicles. Overcoming odds, the women police officers developed into an effective and forceful unit. Thepatrol squad has also been given training in weapon handling, firing and unarmed combat.
The women patrolling squad has been specifically tasked to ensure greater visibility in areas frequented by girls and women. Their special focus will be on schools and colleges during the day hours and busy markets and public places during the evening hours. The All Women Patrolling Squad will focus on areas having higher female footfall like Sarojini Nagar Market, Select City Mall, Hauz Khas Village, Kamla Nehru and Gargi College, Schools etc. Besides, ensuring regular presence in the college area, the squad has been specifically tasked to ensure greater visibility in the area around schools& colleges during opening and closing hours to develop better liaison with students. The lady officers have been briefed to be particularly sensitive to the problems of school girls, to encourage them to report the problems faced by them and develop a rapport with them. The squad will be available during peak time at busy market and malls, opening/closing time of schools/colleges, busy metro stations, parks etc. of the area of South District, Delhi to create a more women friendly police. The movement of squad will make police more accessible to women, students to understand their problem & grievances. The presence of Women Patrolling Squad in the area will also put a check on the anti-social elements. We also hope that this initiative will encourage more and more girls to join the police force.
This more aims to integrate ‘Nirbheek’ and ‘Shishtachar’ two priorities schemes of Delhi Police into everyday police functioning of South Delhi.