The All-Women Police Station in Tamil Nadu’s Suramangalam is not like any other police station in the country. Its uniqueness lies in its ‘Child corner’, a room equipped with books and drawing materials in which juvenile suspects are questioned; a special cell for women; weekly counselling sessions for women facing family problems.
Last week, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs chose the police station as the second best police station in the country. The Ministry in a statement said that the ranking system was introduced based on the directives that PM Narendra Modi issued during a conference of DGPs in Gujarat in 2015.
“The Centre initiated the ranking system to incentivise effective functioning of police stations and to bring in a healthy competition among them,” The New Indian Express quoted the statement as saying. The statement further said that PM Modi, during the conference, had directed officials to lay down parameters for grading police stations. He also asked them to assess their performance based on feedback.
According to the ministry’s press release, this year’s survey was difficult owing to the lockdown and pandemic. Initially, the number of police stations selected were from states which have more than 750 police stations, two from all other states and Delhi and one each from Union Territories.
For the next stage of the ranking process, 75 police stations were selected. As many as 19 parameters were identified to evaluate the standards of service delivery in the final stage.
Salem police Commissioner T Senthil Kumar and top officials met Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at Circuit House to show him the prize. The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the officials and congratulated them.