Madhya Pradesh implements Police Commissionerate system in Bhopal & Indore

On December 9, 2021, Madhya Pradesh government issued notification to implement the police Commissionerate system in Bhopal and Indore.

Key Points

  • With the announcement made by Home Minister of MP, Narottam Mishra, both the cities will now get police commissioners of ADG rank.
  • Police commissioners in both the districts will be assisted by two IG rank officers and nine SP rank officers.
  • Under this system, a woman officer of SP rank will also be posted to deal with crime cases against women and for women’s security.
  • This system will be implemented after 11 years, since its first announcement.
  • However, state went ahead in compliance with the directive of Prime Minister’s office.

Background

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, had promised to implement the police commissioner system in Bhopal and Indore in April 2012.
  • This process had ended up introducing the post of senior superintendent of police system in both the cities.
  • But in February 2014, the then home minister of MP had ruled out the possibility of implementing this system in these cities, citing that this system is suitable for areas with more population.
  • In the congress regime, six years later, Chief Minister Kamal Nath hinted for implementation of the Police Commissioner system in Madhya Pradesh.

What is Police Commissionerate System?

The Police Commissionerate System essentially divide a district in two parts from policing point of view. Under this system, part of the city that forms large urbanised settlement are made a geographical area where responsibilities of District Superintendent of Police get transferred to Commissioner of Police. Apart from that, powers of the Sub-divisional Magistrates (SDM), District Magistrate (DM), and Executive Magistrates of crime, law & order also get transferred to the Police Commissioner.

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