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AP to have all-women police battalion

Looks like Andhra Pradesh will get an exclusive women battalion soon. The state government is mulling to raise four additional battalions as there is provision in the AP State Reorganisation Act, 2014. Out of the four battalions, the state government is considering to raise one women battalion and one tribal battalion.
 
Assam, Nagaland and Jammu and Kashmir have women battalion. Now, AP will now join the exclusive club. The Central Reserve Police Force also have women battalions. While Telangana raised four battalions after the state bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh did not utilise the provision. Each battalion will have about 1,000 personnel. 
 
The director-general of police (DGP) of AP, Gautam Sawang, said that the Union government will support AP in raising the new battalions. It will provide infrastructure and monetary support to the state. Having women battalion will not only increase women representation in the police department but also helps in dealing with women issues, he said.
 
The government believes that safety of women is going to be top priority for them. A toll-free number will be launched soon for women. Meanwhile, the government will issue notification soon to fill all vacancies in the police department.
 
All police personnel in the state will get one weekly off like other employees. The process in this regard has already begun and we will implement weekly off to cops very shortly, say government sources. They believe that there is an urgent need to work towards curbing crimes against women and children in the state.
 
Meanwhile, the results of 2018 police recruitment drive will be announced shortly. The notification for remaining vacancies in the department will also be issued. The government, ever since the bifurcation, has been emphasising on friendly policing policies. 
 

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