Guwahati, June 24: The Assam government will create 502 new posts in state police force to separate law and order and investigation duties.
An official source said Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who holds the home portfolio, has given his nod to the proposal for the creation of new posts to separate the investigation and law and order wings of the police.
He said seven posts of additional superintendent of police and 495 posts of investigators would be created in the first phase.
Division of police personnel into two wings — one to investigate criminal cases and the other to maintain law and order — is an important aspect of the police reforms as directed by a 2006 Supreme Court order.
Apart from the apex court, several panels had also suggested the separation of investigation from law and order duties of the police.
“After the creation of the new posts, a separate additional SP will be posted in selected districts on pilot basis, who will only be looking after investigation of criminal cases. It will be done on the lines of Guwahati city where a new post of additional SP (crime) was created recently,” the source said.
It is widely believed that the separation of law and order duties from crime investigation will ensure speedy and through investigation, increase in conviction rates, more expertise in prevention and detection of crimes.
The 39th All-India Police Science Congress held in Guwahati in 2009 also suggested that the separation of investigation from law and order department would lead to specialisation in investigation skills, prompt registration of cases and improvement in the quality of investigation, detection of crime and prevention of crime through safeguards put in place on the basis of timely inputs received during investigation by a dedicated and specialised unit.
The source said in order to create two wings more policemen would be required and for this purpose the recruitment process would have to be accelerated.
TillMarch this year, 5,062 posts in various ranks were lying vacant in Assam police.
The source said the state government was taking steps to fill up vacancies in the police force and the process for filling up of 2,596 vacancies is currently on,” he said.
According to him, 3,060 constables, 80 boatmen, 243 driver constables and 98 sub inspectors have been appointed in 2011.