INDIA. Mumbai: The new Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey has limited duty hours of women police cops to eight hours, as against the earlier 12 hours, thus giving them a gift on International Women’s Day.
In a circular sent to all police stations on Monday, the commissioner stated that the order will be effective from Tuesday. The duty hours will be implemented by the Senior Police Inspector of the respective police station. The Deputy Police Commissioner of the respective zone can be consulted in case of any difficulty.
The senior officers have been given an option of working in three shifts- 7 am to 3 pm, 3 pm to 11 pm, 11 pm to 7 am. The night shift is longer however the workload is relatively less in the night shift.
An eight-hour shift for police personnel in Mumbai was introduced in 2016. However, due to work pressure, it could not be implemented in totality and the shifts were continued to be extended up to 12 hours on average. Due to this women police personnel were finding the duties stressful. Now the eight-hour shift proposal is expected to be helpful for women who will be able to successfully handle their family responsibilities with their professional work.
A proposal to restrict the working hours of all police personnel to eight hours statewide was introduced in September last year when Pandey was an acting Director General of Police (DGP) of Maharashtra.
It was successfully implemented in Nagpur and was implemented on a pilot basis in Navi Mumbai, Amravati, and Pune.
Pandey who took over as the Mumbai top cop on February 28, has shared his mobile phone number to receive complaints/suggestions from the citizens and has also asked policemen to visit senior citizens, especially those who are living alone, at least twice a week and inquire about their well-being.
He will be also interacting with Mumbaikars through Facebook live to receive their complaints as well as suggestions every Sunday.