‘Women On Wheels’ — patrol teams will be launched on Hyderabad’s roads. This is the state police initiative to mainstream women police officers. The aim is to provide women cops with the freedom and opportunity to perform similar duties as their male counterparts. The team will serve as watchdog towards crime prevention as the rate of crime against women is growing.

A total of 20 teams (on bikes) and 47 women officers were chosen for this task. The initiative was flagged off by Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar at an event. This is the second women-centric initiative that the Hyderabad police have undertaken as part of the ‘We Can’ campaign. The first initiative was having mobile toilets for female police officers who are deployed on duty across the city.

Speaking to TNM, Shikha Goel, Commissioner of Police, says that the main reason behind launching the initiative is to mainstream the women police officers in the city and make them perform duties that till date have been restricted to their male counterparts.

“We want women police officers to integrate with the Blue-Gold patrolling team of the city police. The women cops would be performing duties that are similar to the ones performed by the Blue Gold at present. We don’t want to make patrolling exclusive to men and want it to be an inclusive project,” Shikha says.

The initiative solely aims at safety and security of all its citizens, especially women.

“We have launched only a pilot programme now. Depending on how successful we are, we will be extending the project. Right now we have 20 teams that are deployed in 20 different police stations in the city. We also need to make more women experts in driving and unarmed combat. Depending on the success rate, we would have a team in each police station in the city,” the officer says.

The women officers have undergone two months of rigorous training in unarmed combat, driving and other technical initiatives.

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