Unarmed police constables in Gujarat with over five years of experience can now investigate criminal cases where the imprisonment is upto five years, the state said in a release. The move is aimed to help the state in early disposal of criminal cases and is likely to boost the morale of the lower cadre cops.
“Unarmed constabulary staff with five years of experience are empowered to investigate cases of punishment up to five years,” a release from the state government said. Earlier Gujarat DGP Shivanand Jha had sent a proposal regarding the same to the home ministry. Jha on Friday tweeted that this will improve service delivery to the public by better distribution of workload and better quality of investigation.
Until the notification came, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) of 1973 gave investigative powers to police personnel of the rank of head constables and above. The release said earlier constables were left out of probe because when the Act came into force, the qualification for police constables during recruitment looked at only minimum educational standards. The release said that the present generation of constables however are highly qualified and educated which means they acquire investigation skills quite early.
The move was also necessitated by the fact that head constables and personnel above them were finding it difficult to cope with the high volume of cases leading to delay in addressing them.