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915 posts abolished for Bureau of Investigation 

Patiala, September 29

Already facing shortage of men in the junior ranks to effectively manage police stations in Punjab, the police have abolished 915 posts of constables for the creation of posts of civilian support staff in the Bureau of Investigation (BOI). The posts have been abolished from 27 police districts and the Government Railway Police to strengthen the BOI and the investigations on the recommendations of Satish Chandra, Additional Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and Justice.

The civil staff of the BOI will have a chief forensic officer, a chief legal advisor, eight legal advisers, 28 legal officers, 120 legal assistants, 33 police forensic officers, 87 police forensic supervisors, 120 forensic crime scene officers, 33 computer/digital forensic officers, 153 forensic investigation support officers and 214 information technology assistant officers.

“The BOI will expedite investigations in serious crimes and take off the burden from police stations, which are mostly busy in law and order duty,” said a top police officer.

An SHO, who didn’t wish to be named, said, “We already have limited men to manage day-to-day affairs. The VIP and law and order duty takes a toll. The withdrawal of more men will affect our working. We have more DSPs and ASIs in districts as compared to constables and inspectors. New recruitments should have been done for the BOI.”

A senior officer confirmed that the move paved way for “effective separation of law and order and investigation functions” of the police. 

The Supreme Court had in July 2014 directed separation of investigative and law & order functions of the police.

 
 

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