After women police personnel started patrolling Delhi University area on scooters recently, as new sessions began,  Delhi Police of North West district have also deployed eight two-wheelers for patrolling by female police personnel last week. DCP Vijayanta Arya of North West jurisdiction has assigned these women cop in areas with high crime rate against women rather than schools, colleges and busy markets.

“Women should feel like they can claim public spaces once they see female police personnel patrolling,” said Arya, Indian Express reported.

The initiative was launched in 2016 from Shahadara district and now covers a total of 15 districts by 145 scooters. “We now have 145 TVS Jupiter scooters for female police personnel. This year, we have covered all districts. Apart from this, 122 scooters are used by Special Branch personnel for passport verification. We will add more with time,” said DCP (Provision and Logistics) Sharad Sinha.

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DCP (West) Monika Bhardwaj stated that the jurisdiction got three scooters last week which have been allocated to Punjabi Bagh, Janakpuri and Rajouri Garden police stations where “patrolling outside colleges, schools and malls is being done by two women police personnel each.”

Last year, North district got four scooters which are being used for patrolling near Miranda House and Patel Chest, Vishwavidyalaya Metro station and Daulat Ram College. “Apart from students from Delhi, there are many from outside the city and abroad. They feel more at ease when there are women police officers on the road. More women come forward with complaints for assistance,” said DCP (North) Nupur Prasad.

These patrolling sprees by women cops also stand true for East and North East areas of Delhi. “We received 11 scooters and some have been given patrolling duty outside Maharaja Agrasen College. We have also assigned some near V3S Mall, which receives high footfall,” said DCP (East) Jasmeet Singh. DCP Arya believes that other than making a smoother rapport between the public and the police, these women cops patrolling in scooters will end up motivating the youth to apply for jobs in the profession.

“Women should feel like they can claim public spaces once they see female police personnel patrolling”

“I want women to see that Delhi Police gives equal opportunities and that there is a meaningful role to play. I hope it makes some look at this as a chance to take up this service,” she said.

Since admission engagements began in Delhi University, the Delhi Police has accelerated its initiative especially near college campuses. Earlier in July, Delhi Police Additional PRO Anil Mittal also stated that security in both North and South campuses have been upgraded to aid the candidates thronging colleges for admission. DCP Kumar said that a large number of women candidates come from out station to take admission and their safety has also been ensured by the law-enforcing agency.

“Our women personnel have been deployed for patrolling on scooters. Male officers are patrolling all the time. They (women officers) can coordinate with them in the event of an emergency,” he added. He said that the women personnel were deployed a week back.

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