Traffic policemen will be equipped with sidearms in the next 10 days for their protection, said Delhi Police.
Policemen above ASI rank, deputed at barricades for controlling traffic, will carry a sidearm like their counterparts in the districts as per the new order.
In the wake of incidents of errant drivers hitting cops, police commissioner Amulya Patnaik has advised the traffic police to come up with another strategy to stop vehicles on highways. The cops have been asked not to make large groups to stop rogue drivers.
The cops will be provided with faster motorbikes and vehicles for chase and challans.
After holding a meeting with over 3,500 traffic cops, the top cop said: “Traffic policemen are present on the road through the day, which makes their job strenuous. The objective of our interaction was to motivate them to take up measures so that their job becomes easier. We have asked them to evolve with new strategies every day.”
“Every cop on duty will monitor the situation and prepare a regulatory plan based on time, season and occasion. The idea is to make traffic management more situation intensive,” said special commissioner (traffic) Dependra Pathak.