Hyderabad: Telangana's Jammikunta Town Police Station in Karimnagar district has been ranked 10th best in the country.
The announcement was made on December 3 by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Government of India selects best-performing Police Stations across the country every year. It is aimed to incentivize effective functioning of police stations and bring healthy competition among them.
Manipur's Nongpok Sekmai in Thoubal district has been ranked first, while AWPS-Suramangalam in Salem district of Tamil Nadu has been ranked second.
"The objective was to rank top 10 Police Stations out of 16,671 Police Stations in the country through data analysis, direct observation, and public feedback. The ranking process commenced with short listing of the best performing Police Stations, in each State on the basis of addressing Property offence, Crime against women, Crime against weaker sections and missing persons, unidentified people, and unidentified dead bodies," said the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Choppadandi Police Station in Karimnagar was selected as the 7th best Police Station in the Country in 2019.
The Home Ministry also said that this year's survey for the best police stations was conducted under challenging circumstances. It was difficult to access police stations located in remote areas during the Corona pandemic due to various restrictions on movement. Consequently, the survey was conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the Government.
"That a vast majority of police stations short-listed from the thousands of police stations in the country are police stations located in small towns and rural areas. This is also true for those police stations which have been ranked among the top 10. This indicates that while the availability of resources is important, more important is the dedication and sincerity of our police personnel to prevent and control crime and serve the nation," said Amit Shah, Union Minister of Home Affairs.
Three Police Stations were selected initially from each State. Two police stations were selected from the states which have more than 750 Police Stations. One police station each was selected from union territories. In all, 75 Police Stations were selected for the next stage of the ranking process.
In the final stage, 19 parameters were identified to evaluate the standards of service delivery and identify techniques of improvement in policing. This part constituted 80 percent of weightage in overall scoring. The balance of 20 percent was based on the infrastructure of the police station and the approachability of personnel and feedback of citizens. The categories of citizens included were from nearby residential areas, nearby markets, and citizens leaving police stations. Citizens who were approached for feedback included 4,056 respondents, covering approximately 60 people at each shortlisted location.
The Home Ministry said that all states of the union territories participated in this year's survey with full co-operation to complete the survey during the pandemic period. The annual ranking of Police Stations recognizes the hard work of police personnel encourages police forces, and also provides feedback on many aspects of policing in the country for future guidance.
It also provides a picture of the state of physical infrastructure, resources, and deficiencies at the level of police stations. The annual exercise of the ranking of police stations works as a constant guide for improvements.