Cops across Mumbai, irrespective of rank and designation, will have to remove the bright red stickers pasted on their personal vehicles, which proudly proclaim, ‘POLICE’. According to a circular issued by city police administration, all officers and personnel have been asked to remove any mention of their profession from their personal two or four wheelers.
The reason? Terrorists may simply copy their style, paste a ‘ Police’ sticker on their vehicle and infiltrate into the city. And why would they not be spotted and stopped? Apparently, as the cops themselves admit, vehicles that sport police stickers, are never stopped by fellow cops. The order, a copy of which is available with SUNDAY MiD DAY says, “ In the police department, several police officers and constables own cars and bikes, which have on them, written in English red colour ( sic), the word ‘ POLICE’.
Mumbai has witnessed several terrorist attacks. Terrorists may also put police stickers on private vehicles and enter important places and attempt major terrorist attacks. Therefore all police officers and constables should remove such stickers from vehicles immediately and avoid using it.” Predictably, officers aren’t pleased. A police officer on condition of anonymity said, “ It will be very hard to follow such a dictat in a matter of days. Every police official who owns a private vehicle pastes these stickers or boasts of a ‘ Police’ logo on the number plate of the vehicle.”
Another police officer said, “ The move should be welcomed as most of the time, towing vans never pick up vehicles which have such stickers on them. What if terrorists put explosives in a vehicle and put a ‘ Police’ sticker on it?” A spokesperson for Mumbai police, ACP Bhagwan Chate said, “ Putting such stickers on private vehicles is illegal. Unless it is an officer’s official car or a patrolling bike, one cannot put such stickers.”