Amritsar, 28 June.
Launched with great fanfare in 2019, the tourist wing of the police force has faced bad weather. Of the 20 police officers trained in interpersonal skills, the force was reduced to four.
Even the posh tourist police center opposite the main entrance to the Golden Temple was taken over by the police.
There are only four of them, so the tourist police deploy one of them to maintain visibility. They are asked to prevent tourists from being ripped off by traders, to inform them about other tourist destinations, available transport options, and to help them with other problems.
The only female member of the Tourist Police was transferred a few months ago.
Sanjana, a young tourist from Ambala, said they did not see any tourist police to guide them.
At the time of its creation in 2019, an official with the rank of inspector led about 20 trained police officers.
Parminder Singh Bhandal, DCP, said the headcount had been reduced before he joined the office. “I will speak to the police commissioner to bring back the trained personnel,” he added.
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