September 27, 2012 -
A staff shortage is the latest challenge facing the Fingerprint Bureau of the Delhi Police. Currently, there is only one sub-inspector working full-time, when there should be 15 sub-inspectors. As for assistant sub-inspectors, they are only staffed at half the manpower level. It is estimated that at least 30 assistant sub-inspectors are needed to collect crime scene evidence and analyze it.
Because of the backlogs, the bureau’s staff members are struggling to analyze and submit case reports on time. The bureau has to juggle its staff from one district to another to collect samples. Besides collecting and analyzing evidence, their task is to archive fingerprints from crime scenes.
Faced with the rising volume of cases to be analyzed, a senior officer from the Fingerprint Bureau wrote the police chief to urgently fill up vacancies. At least 50 sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors are vacant. The letter is in addition to the many requests forwarded by the Bureau to Senior Crime Branch officers asking for more staff resources.