Hyderabad Police Top Brass Opts For Rejig To Strengthen Security
DECCAN CHRONICLE | Syed Omar Farooq
Hyderabad: Hyderabad police commissioner C.V. Anand said that the force had been reorganised, with the creation of new wings and the addition of more staff to strengthen policing against the backdrop of the increasing population of the city.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Anand said, "There will be more hands for the Hyderabad City police (HCP) to provide even better security services to the citizens. The Safety of women will get a fillip. New cybercrime wing, IT wing, social media wing, anti-narcotics wing, seven new police stations for women, two new zones for law and order and one for traffic, along with 33 new police stations and 12 new assistant commissioners of police (ACP) will definitely add punch to policing."
Hyderabad’s kotwal said that the police department decided to reorganise police stations and strengthen the force to effectively maintain law and order and prevent crime.
"We are implementing Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s vision of a mega city policing plan to deal with the burgeoning population and thus, crime," Anand said.
"Additional police stations and additional strength in our department will aid in prevention, investigation and detection of crimes. For even better policing and security of citizens, we have sanctioned an additional 1,252 staff in the city," Anand said.
The police reorganisation was the first file to be cleared by home minister Mahmood Ali on April 30, during the inauguration of the new Secretariat. The file pertained to the reorganisation of zones and sanction of posts, along with setting up 40 new police stations in the tri-commissionerate area.
The city police was last reorganised in 1987, when the city had a population of 25 lakh, with a partial rejig last done in 2002.
"Due to the increase in population, the government felt the need for ‘mega city policing’ apart from improvement of infrastructure, like roads and buildings to meet this challenge," Anand said.
The population of the city increased from 68 lakh in 2011 to 80 lakh in 2021, the police said, adding that the city police organisation remained the same even after newer districts were carved out in 2016.
In 1987, when the reorganisation was last done, there were 8.76 lakh vehicles on city roads, which increased to 15.15 lakh in 2002, 70.97 lakh in 2020 and 80.7 lakh currently.