In a major achievement for the State and Goa Police, the Sanguem police station has been ranked the fifth best performing police station in the country.
The Central government selects best performing police stations across the country every year, to incentivise more effective functioning of police stations and bring healthy competition among them.
According to a Press Information Bureau report, this year’s survey for best police stations was conducted under challenging circumstances by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
It was difficult to access police stations located in remote areas during the Corona pandemic due to various restrictions on movement. Consequently, the survey was conducted in accordance with guidelines of the government.
The objective was to rank the top 10 out of 16,671 police stations in the country through data analysis, direct observation and public feedback.
The ranking process commenced with shortlisting of the best performing police stations in each state on the basis of addressing property offence, crime against women, crime against weaker sections, missing persons, unidentified found person and unidentified dead bodies. The last parameter has been introduced this year.
The number of police stations selected initially from each State comprised three from each State with more than 750 police stations, two from all other states and Delhi, and one from each union territory.
Later, 75 police stations were selected for next stage of the ranking process.
In the final stage, 19 parameters were identified to evaluate the standards of service delivery and identify techniques of improvement in policing.
This part constituted 80 percent of weightage in overall scoring. The balance 20 percent was based on infrastructure of the police station and approachability of personnel and feedback of citizens.
The categories of citizens included were from nearby residential areas, nearby markets and citizens leaving police stations. Citizens who were approached for feedback included 4,056 respondents, covering approximately 60 people at each shortlisted location.
All States of the Union participated in this year’s survey with full co-operation to complete the survey during pandemic period.
The annual ranking of police stations recognises the hard work of police personnel, encourages police forces and also provides a feedback on many aspects of policing in the country for future guidance.
It also provides a picture of the state of physical infrastructure, resources and deficiencies at the level of police stations. The annual exercise of ranking of police stations works as a constant guide for improvements.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that a vast majority of police stations short-listed from the thousands of police stations in the country are police stations located in small towns and rural areas.
This is also true for those police stations which have been ranked among the top 10. This indicates that while availability of resources is important, more important is the dedication and sincerity of police personnel to prevent and control crime and serve the nation.