‘8-hour-shift decision has impacted force at large’
PROJECT APPLAUDED AFTER SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING 1000 DAYS
“A couple of years ago, when I was posted at the Deonar police station as a constable, I saw the ways in which other organisations are functioning and how the manpower is being used and managed efficiently for the benefit of the organisation and the workers. We as the police are actually public servants working for the people, so how the police force, too, could be managed was the main driving reason which gave me a thought of ‘8 Hrs Dream of Police’,” said police constable Ravindra Patil, the officer who attempted in regularising the project of working hours at all police stations in the city. He proposed three shifts of 8 hours each, a project which has recently completed 1,000 days of its implementation successfully.
Patil, who had first proposed the project to the then police commissioner Dattatray
Padsalgikar said that the ground level staff of all the police stations, which mostly includes constabulary rank officials and especially the Women Police Constables (WPC) were getting affected by long hours of duty. This directly had repercussions on factors like accumulation of mental stress, lack of attention towards personal affairs, rising medical issues due to stress.
Patil’s strategic report when landed on the table of Padsalgikar, was seen possible for implementation after he was later summoned by the police chief to give a detailed presentation.
“In 2016, my 73-page letter was read by Padsalgikar sir and I was asked to explore the idea. A committee was formed and I was included in it. Series of meetings and brainstorming finally brought the plan into action on May 5, 2016,” Patil said.
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A file photo of city police in a flag march at Girgaum; (inset) Ravindra Patil