In an effort to reduce response time and improve round-the-clock patrolling in the national capital, Delhi Police has decided to introduce 24/7 motorcycle patrol concept in the national capital. This initiative is for the areas which have narrow lanes and are prone to seeing heavy traffic that creates a problem for the Police Control Room (PCR) vans as they cannot reach the spot of an emergency on time. As per the report by the Indian Express, the police have planned to modify at least three types of motorcycles including – Apache, Pulsar and Royal Enfield Bullet – from each of the 180 police stations across the 13 districts. These will be linked to the PCR unit. In total 540 bike will be introduced, as per the report.
The bikes will be fitted with GPS, as per the report, and along with it, the vehicles will also have high-tech gear such as body-worn cameras and MP5 guns. There will be two police personnel (from constables to ASI-rank officers) manned on each bike. The pillion rider will be equipped with either an AK-47 or an MP5 gun and the driver will carry a pistol, the Indian Express reported. The police will also have a specially designed uniform. The personnel will also have a megaphone fixed to their helmets and special folding batons, apart from hi-tech weapons. Flasher lights will also be fixed to the front and back of the vehicle.
Before assigning the patrol duty, the personnel at each police station will undergo a few days of training. Once training is complete, the Station House Officer (SHO) will draw up a daily roster and assign duty hours for the three shifts. Meanwhile, Special Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak (Operations) said Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik has given a green signal to go ahead with the proposal. The bike patrolling unit will be formally launched soon, Pathak has assured.