December 14, 2016 4:36:54 am
Many police officers, especially constables, have changed their display picture on WhatsApp after getting a promotion recently. The new profile pictures show the officers gleaming alongside Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma.
Since March this year, the force cleared 22,000 promotions across ranks. This is a huge step up from the 34,000 promotions done in the last 10 years.
According to Delhi Police figures, of the 22,940 promotions cleared since March 1, 11,385 constables have been made head constables, while 10,275 head constables have been promoted to assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs).
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A total of 789 ASIs have been promoted to sub-inspector, while 384 sub-inspectors have been promoted to inspector.
Some officers got promotions after almost 20 years of joining the force. They were so happy that they distributed sweets among colleagues.
Similarly, the constables, who had joined the force 28 years ago, also got promotions. Promotions on such a large scale have never been done in the last 10 years, sources said.
“The new promotions will motivate the force and bring a new energy level,” said an officer posted at the police headquarters.
According to the Delhi Police promotion policy, a person recruited as constable has to clear a written exam to get promoted to head constable. The same has to be done to move up to ASI. But most constables fail to appear for exams as they are unable to prepare because of long working hours.
Many officers have in the past said the promotion policy is weak, and have written to the police headquarters in this regard.
“I was not promoted for 25 years. So when I finally got this promotion, I felt I should change my display picture,” said a head constable posted in central Delhi.
Delhi Police have already requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to recruit over 50,000 more police personnel in the 85,000-personnel-strong force.
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