- The Ministry of Home Affairs has launched an exercise to rank India’s best police stations based on various parameters. The exercise seeks to promote competition for better governance at the grassroots level
- The Home Ministry has suggested at least seven dimensions for assessment which include crime prevention, proactive measures adopted, Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Systems and other technology, citizen perception and feedback etc.
- The evaluation will be a two-stage process- a) Objective short-listing of police stations based on crime data available with National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) and b) Detailed evaluation based on valuation across seven parameters.
- In 2017, MHA had conducted a similar exercise and released “Ranking of Police Stations for the Year 2017”. RS Puram police station, Coimbatore was designated as the best police station in India.
- The criteria for ranking were a) people’s feedback, b) quality of investigation, c) Response time (crime control), d) hygiene at police station, e) behaviour and attitude of cops, f) community policing, g) record keeping, h) surveillance on criminals.
- There are 15, 579 sanctioned police stations in India with 10, 052 located in rural areas and 4998 located in urban areas. Further, there are 529 railway police stations.
- In 2014, Indian Prime Minister announced the concept of SMART Police (S-Sensitive and Strict; M-Modern with mobility; A- Alert and Accountable; R- Reliable and Responsive; T- Trained and Techno-savvy)
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