Is the Metropolitan police a replacement for the Nepal Police?
We should not take it as a replacement. The metropolitan police force is a system used in large cities and capitals in many countries around the world.
How will it operate?
It will effectively utilise a unit system to maintain peace and security and control antisocial activities using pseudo-judicial powers. Crime investigation and control, which was limited to Hanuman Dhoka will now be extended to five other places within the metropolis.
What do you mean by a unit system?
In the past different departments issued orders, registered businesses, and implemented laws, so it was difficult for us to work. Now the metropolitan police will do everything.
Will a new system mean crime will be under control?
This system will make it easier for the people to have access to the police, and our services will be more effective. Control room vehicles will be available in 50 places within the metropolis, and ten each in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.
Can you tell us a bit about the structure of the organisation?
The office of the commissioner in Ranipokhari will be headed by the DIG. Nine Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) will be handling various departments. At the district level, Superintendents of Police (SPs) will head the Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs). The present posts, ward offices, and regional police offices will be converted to provinces.