Aberden is India’s best Police Station; Odisha fails to figure in Best-10

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By Our Correspondent

NEW DELHI/BHUBNESWAR: Aberden Police Station under Andaman District of Andaman& Nicobar Island has been adjudged as the best Police Station of the Country while not single Police Station from Odisha figured in best -10 lists. The tall claim of Odisha Police once again exposed after Union Home Ministry released its best performing Police Stations across the Country.

The Union Home Ministry released the Best-10 list on Friday. Balasinor under Mahisagar district of Gujarat ranked 2nd in the list followed by Ajk Burhanpur under Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh got 3rd rank.

AWPS Theni under Theni district of Tamil Nadu ranked 4th while Anini under Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh secured 5th rank in terms of overall performance.

Baba Haridas Nagar-Dwarka under South-West district of Delhi got 6th rank while Banaki under Jhalawar district of Rajasthan secured 7th rank. Choppadandi(M) under Krimnagar district of Telangana got 8th rank followed by Bicholim under North Goa of Goa got 9th rank and Bargawa under Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh ranked 10th in the list.

This effort reflects the directions of the Prime Minister while addressing the DsGP during the 2015 Conference in Kutch, Gujarat. He had directed that parameters should be laid down for grading Police Stations and assessing their performance based on feedback.

Union Minister for Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah stated that he has noticed that a vast majority of the 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 our police personnel to prevent & control crime and serve the nation.

The objective was to rank the top 10 Police Stations out of 15,579 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.

In the final stage 19 parameters were identified to evaluate the standards of service delivery and identify techniques of improvement in policing.

This part constitutes 80% of weightage in overall scoring. The balance 20% was based on infrastructure of Police Station and approachability of personnel and Citizen feedback. 5,461 respondents, covering approximately 60 people at each shortlisted location, were approached for feedback.

The annual ranking of Police Stations is eagerly awaited by the country and specially the police forces. It gives an insight into the functioning of the police and provides valuable inputs to formulation of public policy in the wider realm of internal security.

All the States of the Union have enthusiastically participated in this year’s survey. The objectivity of the exercise has been ensured by the extensive use of the CCTNS database and on ground survey conducted by a third party agency. The survey on citizen’s interface has also been revamped to better reflect the concerns of the citizenry.

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