As per the latest data released on Police organisations by the Bureau of Police Research and Development, there has been an increase of 21 percent in women cops’ strength. The data is with respect to the year 2018 when women police personnel rose to 1.69 lakh from 1.40 lakh as on January 1, 2017.

The Data on Police Organisations (DoPo) is the flagship publication of the Bureau of Police Research and Development. Along with the number of police personnel, the number of police stations also saw an increase from 15,579 to 16,422.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Bureau of Police Research and Development released data on police organisations this Thursday 
  • Overall, the number of women police personnel saw an increase from 1.40 lakh on January 1, 2017, to 1.69 lakh in January 2018
  • The data was released by minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy in the presence of DG BPR & D V S Kaumudi
  • Additionally, electronic surveillance too improved with the addition of 2,10,278 CCTV Cameras

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8.73 Percent Of Police Officers Are Women 

The percentage of women police officers now stands at 8.73 percent of the total police force. This is up from 7.28 percent from last year, 2017. “There has been a 20.95 percent increase in the strength of woman police which pushed up the total number of women personnel in the State Police Forces to 1,69,550. It brings the total percentage of women in the Indian Police to 8.73 percent,” said a statement released by the Union Home Ministry. The data belongs to the year 2018. However, the stats account for only a 21 percent increase in the number of women personnel.

192.95 Policemen Per Lakh Population

The overall number of police personnel also saw an increase as the total number of policemen per lakh population now stands at 192.95. The Data on Police Organisations (DoPo) is the flagship publication of the Bureau of Police Research and Development. Along with the number of police personnel, the number of police stations also saw an increase from 15,579 to 16,422. The number also includes cyber stations in the country that has increased from 84 to 120.

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The percentage of women police officers now stands at 8.73 percent of the total police force. This is up from 7.28 percent from last year, 2017.

In 2017, women police personnel constituted only 7.28 percent and their presence was the least in the Naxal-hit area, at 2.4 percent. In Jammu and Kashmir, there were just 3.05 percent women personnel.

Low Number Of Women Personnel Amidst Increasing Crime Against Women

The latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau shows that around 3.5 lakh cases of crime against women were registered in 2017. With this, the figure shows an upward trend for the third consecutive year in crimes against women. While 3.2 lakh cases of crime against women were registered in 2015, 3,38,954 cases were registered in 2016.

According to the NCRB data, the highest number of crimes against women was recorded in Uttar Pradesh, which is also the most populated state. The second spot in crimes against women was given to Maharashtra with 31,979 cases registered. The next ranks given were to West Bengal which had 30,992 cases, with 29,778 cases Madhya Pradesh was next, Rajasthan recorded 25,993 cases while Assam recorded 23,082 cases.

Picture Credit: Indiatimes

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