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Interview with Vijay Kumar, SHO, Sadar Police Station in Gurgaon
People in Gurgaon, like many other cities of India, fearing response from the police, do not file an First Information Report. They fear that they might draw themselves into trouble after filing a report. This is just one out of the many perceptions that people have regarding the police force/personnel.

In hindsight, they may be right but in reality, Policemen have also a life of their own as well despite the hectic hours of duty and responsibilities towards the common man. But, one cannot deny the fact that when in times of emergency, it is the police who try their best to protection the citizens.

To understand the job of a policeman better, Merinews met Vijay Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO), Sadar Police Station and interviewed him, where he shared about the problems regarding various crimes and urged the administration to enhance the police personnel strength in Sadar Police Station.

Excerpts from the interview:

Mohan Kumar (MK): As an SHO, How long have you been in-charge of Sadar Police station?

Vijay Kumar SHOVijay Kumar (VK): I have been handling this area for the last five and half months. Before this, I was posted in Central Police Station in Sector 12, Faridabad as SHO. During the time, we ended all pending complaints at Old Faridabad. It was a big achievement for the police administration. 

MK: Despite hectic hours of duty, how do you manage time for your family?

VK: (Smiles) I miss my family a lot. There is a lot of work to do, hence I only get a chance to meet my family once in fifteen days. 

MK: What motivated you to join the police services?

VK: I did not want to join the Police services. In fact, I was preparing for Haryana Public Service Commission. My dad and elder brother wanted me to join this service after which I gave the Sub Inspector's test and fortunately, I got selected and joined the service on 15 September, 2003.

MK: What are the key issues in your area? What kind of complaints do you primarily receive? How do you crack them?

VK: Theft is one of the biggest threat in the area. Incidents of vehicles theft, theft from a shop are regularly reported from the area. But, one has to say that there is a lot of improvement in the area, if compared to few years ago.

MK: How do you feel after getting such big responsibility?

VK: It is a very practical experience of life. Solving public problems continue to encourage me towards social work.

MK: What difficulties do you face while following a case?

VK: We do not have sufficient manpower to handle the population, which stands at around 12 lakhs. There is a strength of 70 policemen that are unable to fully handle this area. If we talk about the police strength over such a big population, Delhi Police have above 250 police personnel.

We have also sent our complaints to senior authorities to deal with this manpower crisis. However, this problem is still intact.  I request the concerned authority to take this problem seriously and find a solution in this direction.

MK: Most of the citizens are not comfortable to register cases with the police. What is your take on it?

VK: Today, this trend has changed with the number of educated persons living in the Sadar area. They are well aware with things so there are no such kind of problems here. Police behaviour has also changed. There were a lot of crime in Sector 46 and 47, despite the shortage of manpower, the crime rates have decreased.

MK: Which part of Gurgaon has witnessed maximum crime rates?

VK : According to me, Civil Lines, Sadar, Palam Vihar are the crime prone areas in Gurgaon. It must be brought under control.

MK: Who is Mr. Vijay Kumar, SHO in his regular life?

VK: I am common man like other people in my daily life. My father was a supervisor in railways. I love to spend quality time with my family. My first priority is to stop the rising crime and satisfy the public in the process as well.

MK What about your education background?

VK: I did my Metric in Harjiram village from Hisar, Haryana. For Pre-Medical, I took admission in B.N. College. I have done BA LLB from Gulbarga University in Karnataka.

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