Taking in view that women distress callers find it easier to communicate with female police personnel, Delhi Police has launched five all-women PCR vans.
“Delhi Police PCR unit has launched a pilot project in which five Police Control Room Vans will be manned by all women staff, starting from the driver of the vehicle to I/C Van. The five places that have been identified for placing these vehicles are Vigyan Bhawan, Jesus & Mary College, Khan Market Metro Station, American Centre – Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Moti Lal Nehru Marg,” said R.K. Singh, Deputy, Commissioner of Police.
Twenty women police personnel were given training in unarmed combat skills, musketry and firing amongst other skills.
“Each one of them has been provided adequate training in this regard. In order to equip them with the new nature of responsibilities special refresher course was arranged in the Subsidiary Training Unit PCR about behaviour soft skills, communication skills, and law,” Singh added.
After the assessment of the initiative, which would be conducted after a while, the project would be extended to other areas in the national capital.
At present, there are around 240 women, including 160 new inductees, in the patrolling unit. They are deployed as either gun-person or in-charge.
On an average, they respond to more than 10,000 calls in a day.