This scheme is
aimed at police empowerment through community empowerment. The broad
outlines of this scheme is to create a mechanism whereby the police
would work in unison with the people by being in tune with them,
understanding them and belonging to them and drawing strength from
them. This method would act as a force multiplier besides enabling
free flow of information / intelligence, project better image of the
police, enable the police to be sensitized to public views on various
issues and thereby metamorphosis people themselves as ambassadors for
the goodwill of the police. In order to ensure the effective
functioning of this scheme, it has been decided to bring about a major
attitudinal change within the force by drawing open ideas from similar
community policing initiatives in other states.
To enable members of the public without regard to caste, creed
or status, to establish rapport with police force. It is a method of
To promote crime awareness among the people and enable
prevention of crimes.
To promote a sense of civic responsibilities and duties among
the public by means of educating the general public.
To learn as well as to teach human values.
To act as a force multiplier by involving the SFP in community
policing. With the existing low police-public ratio, Police along with
SFP can deter and prevent crimes.
To evolve a mechanism to get feedback.
To channelise local resources at short notice to meet any
To make available a potential pool of manpower resources with
positive attitudes to the police to meet the requirement of police.
To increase transparency and openness in the police.
SFP can make steps towards policing with consent instead of the
present image of policing with contempt.
To educate the members of the public about their role and
responsibility in policing.
NOMINATIONS & ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS:
Every SFP shall be a citizen
and resident of the PS jurisdiction. He/She shall not be involved in
any criminal or civil case. No educational qualification is
prescribed, but he/she should be literate. He/She should not be
actively involved in politics. They shall not be below 18 years.
4. APPOINTMENT OF SFP:
An appeal to public
to apply is made through local press in vernacular language by
District SSP calling persons interested to become SFP. The persons
who are interested shall obtain the application form (Annexure-II)
from the Police Stations. The same should be mandatorily verified by
SP(Special Branch) and local police to satisfy that they do not have
any criminal background and they are not actively involved in politics
and enjoy good rapport and reputation in their localities. After
that, the District SSP should forward the list for approval of the
Director General of Police, Puducherry. Unless instructed otherwise,
the District SSP incharge of the District shall be the authority to
DURATION AND METHOD
The duration of appointment
of SFP shall be one year. The calendar year will be taken into
consideration. However, a review will be made after six months on the
basis of a report from the Supdt. of Police concerned about the
suitability of a SFP for continuing further as such. Every year,
fresh Applications will be called in the month of December and new /
renewal card will be issued before 15th January every year.
A register shall be kept in
the Office of the District SSP incharge of the district in which
Police Station-wise lists of SFP shall be maintained.
After appointment, every SFP
Receive an Identity Card duly attested and signed by the
District SSP. In the Identity Card, the number of the SFP (PS – wise)
shall be mentioned. (Annexure–A).
a booklet enumerating his / her duties and responsibilities as a SFP.
DUTIES OF SFP:
The duties of
the SFP will include the following:
The SFP should pay particular attention to the maintenance of
communal harmony in his area. He should collect timely intelligence
about communal, caste and other group clashes and apprise the local
Police concerned of the same.
The SFP is duty bound to inform the SP / Police Station
concerned in case he notices any gathering of anti-social elements,
pick-pockets, illicit distillers, gambling den or movement of persons
at odd hours under suspicious circumstances in the area.
The SFP, being the resident of the area should inform the Supdt.
of Police about persons who are keeping illegal fire arms,
country-made bombs, explosives or other lethal weapons, so that prompt
house search could be taken and contraband article seized.
The SFP should help the Police in introducing various crime
prevention measures that could be adopted by the residents of his
locality like better locking system for homes, double locking system
for vehicles, magic-eye for doors, door chains, Neighbourhood Watch
The SFP should come forward to help or assist the police
whenever called by the local Police Officer concerned. He will assist
Local Police during law and order arrangements of religious and other
processions on any other important occasion.
The SFP should perform Traffic duties like regulation of
traffic, traffic announcements, organizing Traffic Awareness Meetings,
The SFP shall perform all specific duties assigned to him by
the SHO of the concerned Police Station or his superior officers.
terms, the ‘ SPECIAL FRIENDS OF POLICE ’ may assist the Police in the
following : –
Performing evening patrolling
Performing night patrolling
Checking cinema halls for eve-teasers, black marketers, etc.
Checking arrack shops for anti-social elements
Checking at border check posts
Performing traffic duties
Making traffic announcements at busy junctions
Persuading shop-keepers to remove encroachments in busy market
Visiting Scenes of Crime for assistance
Visiting Scenes of accidents for assistance
Performing law & order duties during important events,
Organizing meetings of residents / house-wives for education in
Verifying domestic and other types of servants
Verifying visitors to the locality, such as, cobblers, vendors,
Organizing peace committee meetings in trouble-prone areas
Organizing meetings of residents for briefing by Traffic
Organizing meetings of women for briefing by the AWPS.
Promoting communal harmony in their locality
Contributing towards improvement of Police – Public relations.
Making suggestions for improvement in Police functioning and
FRIENDS OF POLICE’ should avoid taking undue advantage of his
appointment as such mentioning ‘SPECIAL FRIENDS OF POLICE’ in Visiting
Cards, Name Plates, Name Boards and private vehicles, etc., should be
avoided. Violation of this will lead to cancellation of SFP Card.
Meetings of SFP:
The SHOs concerned should
have meetings with their SFP every fortnight. The monthly meetings
shall be held by the SDPOs and bi-monthly meetings shall be held by
the District SSP. The above meetings should be held in consultation
with the SFP considering their convenience. These meetings should be
convened for better interaction and exchange of ideas / suggestions.
PERFORMANCE OF ASSESSMENT & PERIODICAL REVIEW OF APPOINTMENTS:
The performance of the SFP
shall be assessed by SDPOs through Annual Performance Reports and
submitted to the District SSP in January every year. The proforma of
the Annual Performance Report is given in Annexure – B.
In addition, in
order to keep a track of the duties performed by the SFP in each
Police Station, a list of ‘SPECIAL FRIENDS OF POLICE’ of its
jurisdiction shall be maintained. Further, in respect of each SFP, a
separate file will be maintained in which the concerned SFP shall make
entries in his own hand about the duties he / she performs from time
to time. These files will be personally maintained by the SHO and
entries will be made by the SFP in the presence of the SHO himself.
The proforma in which those files will be maintained is given in
Annexure – C.
In Traffic Police
Station, a consolidated list of all SFP will be maintained along with
similar files in respect of such SFP. Entries in these files will be
made by the SFP whenever they perform traffic duties. This will be
kept under the personal custody of Inspector / Traffic and entries
shall be made in his presence.
SFP, who have taken keen
interest and do some outstanding work, shall be recommended by the SP
concerned or the District SSP for Commendation Certificates and Cash
Similarly, SFP who
do not show any interest in the work or who are involved in criminal
cases subsequently or who misuses their position as SFP shall be
removed by the appointing authority and they should immediately
surrender the ID card issued to them.