PANAJI: The Goa Police have acknowledged that complaints against Duty Masters at police stations may be embellished or motivated by jealousy on the part of some “disgruntled elements.” Nonetheless, the department has chosen to switch out Duty Masters every six months, not ruling out the possibility that the accusations have merit given the volume of complaints that have surfaced.
“The duty masters of the police stations and units have been the target of several allegations. It’s possible that some of these accusations have been exaggerated out of jealousy or animosity on the part of certain displeased parties. However, there may be some truth to these, so all Police Station/Unit Incharges are instructed to replace the Duty Master every six months in order to prevent similar accusations in the future.
The memo, written on Director General of Police Jaspal Singh’s behalf, also stressed the importance of routinely reviewing duty rosters to make sure there are no biases in the distribution of responsibilities.
It stated, “…The Incharges…should also check the Duty Roster on a regular basis to ensure that no staff is given undue favors or that anyone is treated unfairly by consistently assigning taxing and exhausting tasks like night duties, guard duties, etc.”