UDAN: Delhi Police’s initiative to motivate women personnel to go out in the field. Delhi News – Times of India

Thirty-two-year-old head constable Pooja Chauhan was stuck in a desk job at a city police station for over a decade but always yearned for active policing.

New Delhi: Thirty-two-year-old head constable Pooja Chauhan was stuck in a desk job at a city police station for over a decade but always yearned for active policing.
The opportunity came when the Delhi Police started a scheme to motivate its women personnel to go out in the field.
‘Udaan – Give wings to fly’ is a three-month long program that was launched on 15 June. Under this initiative, 28 women constables and head constables – two from each police station in the north district – were selected. on their educational qualification and work pattern.
According to senior officials, most of the women personnel who join the Delhi Police avoid frontline or beat-level policing due to a number of factors including objection raised by parents or husband, desk like daily diarist, data entry operator or record room duty. Select the job option.
Also, even if they want to go on the field, being stuck behind a desk for many years doesn’t give them confidence. Hence, the scheme is exclusively for such personnel, an official said.
The initiative is being implemented by Anita Roy, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police in North District, who has tasked the willing personnel of the force to break the shackles and empower themselves to step out of their comfort zones.
The program started with a 15-day refreshment course for the selected candidates, giving them grassroots training including beat-level training.
Legal consultants, and forensic and cyber experts were roped in to train the candidates. They were then sent to court-related duties, assigned specific beats, and also acquainted with all the latest applications of the force before being sent back for evaluation.
“We focused on the quality of training and the output that these women officers would give on the field,” Roy said.
“We decided to give them a very scientific, comprehensive and thorough capacity building training where they were exposed to all levels of complexities including self defense so that those who were unwilling to take the training were now excited about it ,” He said. Insisted.
In an interaction with PTI, the personnel said that they now feel that they are an important part of the society and can help make a difference in the lives of other women by helping them fight their battles and get justice.
He said that the training sessions have helped him gain confidence, develop interest in crime detection, solve cases and hope to change the opportunity he has been given. Chauhan said, “Ever since I have been a part of this training, I have become more confident and people know me in my beat area, even if I go in civil clothes. They respect me and share their problems. while I do my best to solve them.” Told.
She added, “My family members are also supporting me and my husband helps me with household chores. So, I am very proud to have achieved this.”
Thirty-four-year-old head constable Shipra, who is posted at a ‘Pink Booth’ – set up to handle issues related to women – said earlier, she used to sit like a “dummy”, but the training helped her move forward. has helped. an active role.
“I hardly knew my responsibilities and used to sit there like a dummy. But now, after training, I go to my booth and play an active role by talking to the women complainants and building confidence in them,” she said.
When asked whether they are willing to continue their field job after the training ends on 15th September, all the participants replied in the affirmative and underlined that the training has prepared them to fight their battles and they are able to keep up with their previous profiles. But will not return. ,
28-year-old constable Sonika said, “Now that we have got an opportunity, our male companions are feeling unsafe. We have started making contact in our areas and also getting information about illegal activities.”
He claimed that he had recently caught two liquor smugglers in his area.
When asked about the challenges faced by female personnel from her male colleagues, Roy said, “Patriarchal mindset exists in the police department especially at the lower ranks. Yet this experiment has been successful and shows that So called men patronize beat policing. No longer reserved for men.”
“UDAN has shown that given the right capacity building, institutional support and mentorship, women cabs make excellent beat officers and more importantly, the perception about women will change for the better,” he added.
Finally, a survey report will also be conducted on what gap candidates have experienced post training in professional skills and beat performance, the official said.

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