Report By Annie Mathew | Bengaluru | Last Updated at April 16 2020

The Bangalore police staff including those place for covid-19 duty and the one at police station, will get a week’s break on rotation. 30% of the staff will be able to take leave.

The move comes in the backdrop of police being charged with excess work during the lockdown. The system will start in a day or two. KSRP and CAR staff place in the city are suitable for break.

 Police commissioner Bhaskar Rao on Tuesday held a meeting with 8 zonal deputy commissioner of police decided that 30% of the staff from each police station should stay home for a week. After a week another 30% will go on leave, while the 1st batch will resume duty.

This move serves 2 reasons. Since the lockdown, staff are working hard in 3 shifts and they need some rest. Secondly, those off work will be like a save force in a case any of their teammate on the field tests positive for covid-19.

Though the city has a 16,500- strong police team, only about 12,000 are considered as working employees. “Writers, constables on sentry duty, staff working at different control rooms, Criminal Investigation department and Record bureau add up to about 4,000. We’re in a view of 12,000- odd staff on the field for a break,” the officer said.

However, another senior officer expressed doubts over the plan working fluently. “Giving a break to 30% of the force at a time like this seems risky. Only 10% of the staff should have been given leave for 1 week,” he felt.   

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