Zonal police offices to have added responsibilities

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 16, 2016-

The Nepal Police Headquarters have asked the Zonal Police Office (ZPO) to support District Police Offices in crime investigation and monitoring in a bid to make it more active.

The ZPO had long remained an obsolete body whose task basically was to monitor and evaluate the performance of its subordinate bodies.  

The police headquarters, following the recommendation of Crime Investigation Department, directed the ZPOs to actively support DPOs in their investigation and monitor their performance. It has mandated the ZPOs also to look seriously into cases of women and children, working as part of community policing. 

In the past, the ZPOs even had the authority to issue vehicle licence which was later transferred to the Department of Transport Management.

“Apart from working as a monitoring unit, it will support districts in crime investigation and also look into old cases,” said chief of CID Additional Inspector General (AIG) of Police Bigyan Raj Sharma. “They will be an active part of community policing. This way, we hope the zonal police offices will be more functional and effective.”

The ZPOs have a team of around 200 police officials and are led by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs). However, the DPOs have often been contacting the headquarters and other police units bypassing the ZPOs.

Former AIG Nawaraj Dhakal believes “inferiority complex” felt by ZPOs chiefs has eventually made it ineffective. “The zonal offices are taken as a place for hibernation despite having an important task of monitoring and evaluating the officers on the ground. This evaluation plays a major role in the promotion of the officers,” said Dhakal. 

The Deputy Inspector General (DIGs) at the Regional Police Offices too deal directly with the police on the ground, breeding a culture of neglecting the ZPOs, said Dhakal. 

“Now the headquarters should effectively implement its decision and make zonal police offices more functional and visible.”

Published: 16-06-2016 08:24

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