A counselling centre called Marpu in Visakhapatnam is now extending its services to police personnel.
Over a period of time, some police personnel have taken to drinking and some have become habitual absenteeism — which hampers the department’s functioning as fewer people are available for duties, for which counselling is the need of the hour. In several cases, disciplinary action doesn’t give the desired result.
As per a recent release, there is often manifestation of certain behavioural patterns such as abuses/ not dealing with the public properly among others in those people. As per the directions of Commissioner of Police Manish Kumar Sinha, an alternative method of transforming these personnel through counselling has been taken up under MARPU programme, reported The New Indian Express.
The panel was formed by senior police officials along with a psychologist and an NGO.
The counselling at the MARPU centre was attended by six people, one of who was immediately referred to the de-addiction centre as he was depressed and crying, the release said.