Cops stretched too thin to curb crime in Valley

Kathmandu, November 9:

Three thousand crimes in a year and just 300 full-time police investigators in the Valley! The difference in the number of crimes and investigators shows how much understaffed the Metropolitan Police is. Only 3.57 per cent of the total police personnel in the Metropolitan Police are assigned as full-time investigators.

“Though all the police personnel help investigate the crimes one way or the other, there are only 305 police personnel assigned as full-time investigators and a majority of the resources is deployed in preventing and controlling crimes,” said joint-commissioner at the Metropolitan Police Crime Division SSP Upendra Kanta Aryal. There are 8,624 police personnel in the Metropolitan Police. Under it, there are one crime division, three police ranges, seven police circles and 10 sectors to prevent, control and investigate the crimes.

“If you go by this year’s data, a total of 3,165 crimes took place in the Valley, including 2,457 in Kathmandu, 402 in Lalitpur and 306 in Bhaktapur,” he said, adding: “But there are only 300 police personnel to finalise the investigations,” he added.

The metropolitan police is already under strain. Moreover, the investigators are never well-equipped. “In these times, when the criminals are using modern technology to commit crimes, induction of technology in the investigating method is necessary and we are lagging far behind in this front,” he complained.

He claimed that the division has finalised 65 per cent of cases this year. He, however, didn’t provide the details.

The division has started encouraging the police personnel to specialise in the investigation of particular area. “We have some police officers who are specialising in the area of extortion, kidnapping as well as in arms and ammunition,” he maintained.

SP Sarbendra Khanal, said that besides lacking enough human resources, lack of scientific methods and highly-skilled resources are major reasons behind the police’s failure in preventing crimes and finalising probes to the expected level.