We have all seen policemen carrying heavy steel or iron trunks on the move as part of their on-duty luggage. Now, in a move aimed at enhancing the comfort and convenience of its personnel on ground duty, the Gujarat police department is embracing a significant reform.
The traditional heavy and cumbersome iron trunks, which have been standard travel companions of cops for decades, will now be replaced with sleek and practical travel trolley bags. This positive change is set to benefit around 11,500 newly recruited members of the Lok Rakshak Dal (LRD), bidding farewell to the outdated travel kit of the past.
The transformation was prompted by a survey conducted by the department, which underscored the challenges faced by personnel when tasked with relocating to different stations to manage law and order situations. The burden of lugging around unwieldy iron trunks hindered swift movements and efficient storage. Earlier, lower-ranked police personnel were issued these trunks once every 15 years to store their uniforms, weaponsk, documents as well as personal belongings.
A comprehensive assessment was carried out by the Directorate General of Police (DGP) office to understand the ground-level obstacles encountered by duty-bound police officers. The findings resonated with the experiences of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), armed and unarmed LRDs, constables, head constables, and armed assistant sub-inspectors. These officers are frequently dispatched outside their cities for various assignments, including election duties and special events like major religious celebrations.
Gujarat Director General of Police Vikas Sahay was unavailable for comment on the matter.