New Delhi: "Catch them young" - this is the mantra being followed by Delhi Police as it deployed nearly 2,500 recruits for surveillance in the national capital following back-to-back blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.
Maintaining that the move was not taken due to staff shortage, senior officials of the Delhi Police said the decision came that the recruits could be given an "on-job training".
The policemen, in the age group of 20-25 years, have been deployed at market places, busy intersections and other crowded places. This is their first major assignment, which will give them a feel of the situation because the national capital is on high alert.
DELHI ON HIGH ALERT: Delhi Police deploys young policemen for surveillance in the capital.
"These boys have been straight away picked up from the training and reserve battalions of the force. They have finished six months of their training with another three months remaining," Rajat Bhagat Delhi Police spokesman said.
These fresh Khaki-clad men adorned with their freshly minted nameplates, lanyard, Delhi Police logo on the left arm and barrette police cap can be spotted at public places carrying out frisking and helping locals.
"I feel proud in serving my force with this assignment. It gives a feeling that I am also contributing," said constable Sudesh Kumar, who has been posted at the Janpath market.