PCR Vans are the first responders, and besides acting as visible deterrent against criminal elements, PCR vans also instil a sense of confidence in citizens who can approach them in distress.
Delhi Police had launched a pilot project in the month of September 2016 by inducting five All Women PCR Vans, staffed and operated by all women staff. These All Women PCR Vans are now stationed at: C-Hexagon-Rajpath; Jesus Mary & Maitreyi College; Vijay Chowk-South Fountain; G. Marg-American Centre and; Khan Market, as per information received from office of Sanjay Baniwal, Special Commissioner of Police, Women Safety & Operations.
These All-Women PCR Vans have performed commendably and in fact, in an independent study conducted about the impact of deployment of these All-Women PCR Vans, it was found that women felt it easier to communicate with women police personnel and narrate their grievances without any hesitation. From its side, Delhi Police also takes immense pride in letting its women personnel perform such critical operational duties.
Judging the impact assessment and the enthusiasm amongst the lady staff, a second phase comprising five more All Women PVs was launched on the occasion of “International Womens Day” on March 8. These PCR Vans will be deployed at several locations considering the high footfall of general public, especially large number of women, student and tourists. These places are: Vishwa Vidhyalaya Metro Station (North Campus);Patel Chest Institute ( Delhi University); Rajeev Chowk Metro Station; Lady Sri Ram College; and, Sri Venkateswara College, South Campus.
Twenty seven women police personnel have been especially selected and imparted training in firing skills. They have also been trained in Unarmed Combat skills. In order to equip them with the new nature of responsibilities, they have undergone a special refresher course on behaviour soft skills, communication skills and law at the Subsidiary Training Unit, PCR, Rajender Nagar, Delhi.