Overall, there is a perception that only those holding powerful posts can make an impact when it comes to reforming of the system.

Something similar happened in real life. Recently, Mumbai Police Constable Ravindra Patil, posted at Deonar Police Station decided to write to the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, Dattatray Padsalgikar about the excessively long shifts that were causing strain and psychological stress to the police personnel. The Commissioner of Police not only acknowledged the concerns raised by Patil but also accepted his proposals and constituted a committee on the issue.

His 73 pages letter struck a chord and to the utter surprise of not only Constable Ravindra Patil, his seniors, and colleagues, working hours of Mumbai Police personnel are indeed going to be reduced from the current 14-16 hours to 8 hours.

Patil’s letter prompted the top cop to set up a committee to look into the matter. The committee was formed in March this year. Sub-Inspector Yash Palve and Constable Ravindra Patil from the Deonar Police Station were the president and vice-president respectively of the committee.Taking a serious note of Patil’s concerns- the long duty hours, work pressures, and various other issues pertaining to the physical and mental well-being of policemen in the lower rungs, Mumbai Police have started an 8-hour duty system on a trial basis at one of the 94-police stations in the city.

"Considering the several deaths of police officers, untimely duty hours, work pressure, we have just started with eight-hour duty shifts for the lower and middle rung police personnel on an experiment basis," said Dattatray Padsalgikar, Commissioner of Police, Mumbai.

“Mumbai Police have coined digital approach to shorten the shift-hours. Adopting a digital approach in a bid to cut down on paperwork and other steps will help to address long-hours shift issue,” Padsalgikar added.

Digitalization of the department, which is scheduled from June 1 will enable uploaded/download notice and online all office work.
Soon after this news hit the media, Patil became a hero for 56,000 working personnel as he not only highlighted the working hour issue but managed to get it addressed by the top brass of the force.

“This project has started on a trial basis and we will have to wait and see the impact it has on the police force. We are hoping that it will be a positive step and can be implemented in other areas also,” said Patil.

56,000 cops posted across various police stations and departments such as the Crime Branch, Special Branch, and Traffic in Mumbai have welcomed the step and are full of praise and gratitude for Constable Ravindra Patil for taking the initiative.

Written by Raju Kumar/JPN

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