‘8-hour-shift de­ci­sion has im­pacted force at large’


DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - MUMBAI - Dhanan­jay Kha­tri dhanan­jay.kha­[email protected]­dia.net

“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.

Full re­port: www.dnain­dia.com

A file photo of city po­lice in a flag march at Gir­gaum; (inset) Ravin­dra Patil

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