Police to bring personnel from districts to man KMP

Kathmandu, November 4:

Police headquarters said it has planned to bring 2,300 police personnel from outside the Valley to set up Kathmandu Metropolitan Police (KMP) from November 17.

“Setting up KMP would require 6,400 police personnel and at present there are only 4,100-odd policemen in the Valley,” Special Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kiran Gautam, spokesperson of the Nepal Police, said.

“Therefore, necessary number of police personnel will be brought from outside the Kathmandu Valley,” he added.

The setting up of the KMP would also mean reducing per person burden of police personnel in the Valley. Om Bikram Rana, Inspector General of Police, had some time earlier said that the current police-people ration is 1:694 and it would fall to 1:235 after setting up the KMP.

In the first phase, there will be altogether 11 police offices in the Valley including the office of Police Commissioner (PC). There will be six police offices in Kathmandu — a police range, five police circles — one range and one circle in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts each.

The government has provided the Nepal Police with 70 vehicles to set up the KMP. “Training has already been started,” Gautam said. According to him, National Police Academy and Police headquarters have been providing police personnel meant for the KMP with training so that they can easily cope up with the new set-up and new working style.