August 28, 2016 1:38:36 am
Alarmed by the suicide of four policemen this year, the top brass of Delhi Police have asked a prominent organisation to hold special classes to help them deal with the high stress levels of their job.
In an order issued last week, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Provision and Logistics) S K Sinha said the organisation has been asked to first “measure the stress level” of police personnel by conducting a few tests, said sources.
“Sinha has asked the heads of all districts and units to give names of 10 police personnel who seem to suffer from high levels of stress,” said sources.
The police personnel will then undergo tests conducted by the organisation, said sources.
A 38-year-old constable, Sanjay, allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at the Patel Chowk Metro station on August 4. He was reportedly suffering from depression and in a suicide note, he said he was “tired”.
Four days before Sanjay’s death, another constable allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in Outer Delhi’s Prashant Vihar area on August 8. He didn’t leave behind a suicide note, but investigation has revealed that he was also suffering from depression.
Explaining why ‘stress buster’ classes had been organised, a senior officer said police personnel have to work under extremely stressful conditions for long hours, and deal with criminals and heinous crimes.
“Policemen have to be on duty for over 14 hours a day and on some days, they have to work for as long as 18 hours without a break. The job is specially hard for policemen who have to handle law and order duties or are posted in police stations. Investigating officers also have to attend court proceedings,” added the officer.
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