Soon, AP to get five new police commissionerates

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh will soon see five new commissionerates come up as part of the state-wide restructuring of police units. As per the proposals of the expert committee in the home department, these new commissionerates will cover densely-populated urban areas like Kakinada, Rajamahendravaram, Guntur, Nellore and Tirupati.
According to police sources, the new commissionerates will be headed by DIG-rank officers as commissioners with at least four deputy commissioners working under them. The expert committee has also proposed further expansions of the Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam commissionerates with the addition of at least two sub-divisions from neighbouring police units.
For Vijayawada, Nadigama and Nuzvid sub-divisions would be added to the commissionerate while Visakhapatnam will get Araku and Anakapalle regions. With the addition of the new commissionerates and district units, police units in the state will increase from 18 to 29.
Except Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, each district will now be divided into two or police units. Going by the existing proposal, East Godavari, the most populated district will have four police units — Rajamahendravaram commissionerate, Kakinada commissionerate along with Rampachodavaram and Amalapuram units.
Krishna district will continue to have two police units — Krishna and Vijayawada commissionerate — while the four Rayalaseema districts will house three police units in each. West Godavari and Prakasam will be split into two police units. Guntur will have three units, including Guntur urban commissionerate while Prakasam will be divided into Bapatla and Ongole units. Tirupati and Chittoor will have three units each and Nellore, Kadapa, Kurnool and Anantapur will get two units each.
The move is part of the government’s plan to split the existing 13 districts to 32 for administrative convenience in order to ensure efficient implementation of welfare measures. Currently, there is a temporary transfer ban imposed on all police units across all ranks by the DGP. Sources said there would be a major reshuffle and reallocation of police force as per the requirement of the restructured units.
“The crime scenario has been changing in Andhra Pradesh and this restructuring would help give a more concentrated approach in areas which are least patrolled or accessible,” a senior police official in the AP police headquarters explained. Other benefits include better traffic management more accessible district police headquarters for grievance redressal.

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