All police stations instructed to have child welfare officer

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 29 April 2018

The order from police headquarters pertains to the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. Section 107 of the Act deals with Child Welfare Police Officer and Special Juvenile Police Unit. 

PUNE: All police stations in the State have been ordered to appoint at least one officer, not below the rank of assistant sub-inspector (ASI), with aptitude, appropriate training and orientation may be designated as the child welfare police officer to exclusively deal with children either as victims or perpetrators, in co-ordination with the police, voluntary and non-governmental organisations.

The order from police headquarters pertains to the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. Section 107 of the Act deals with Child Welfare Police Officer and Special Juvenile Police Unit. 

A police officer told Sakal Times, “We have asked to appoint the juvenile unit. It will help in dealing with cases involving juveniles as victim or perpetrators. There is a juvenile unit under Crime Branch at the commissionerate level but now every police station will have such unit. There are guidelines about how to deal with children.”

As per the Act, the juvenile unit will co-ordinate all functions of police related to children. All police officers of the units will be provided special training, especially at induction as child welfare police officer, to enable them to perform their functions more effectively. There will be women staff also in the team.

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