The government has decided to institute an award for carrying out best investigation of crime, for promoting high professional standards among police forces.
The award – ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Investigation’ – will be given to the best investigators of police forces of the states, union territories and the central investigating agencies, an official statement said.
Officers from the rank of Sub-Inspector to Superintendent of Police are eligible for the ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Investigation’.
Based on the average crime data for the last three years, a total of 162 medals will be awarded every year; of these, 137 will be for the states and UTs and 25 for the central investigating agencies — National Investigation Agency (NIA), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
Distribution of medals among the states/UTs will be on the basis of average of IPC crimes registered by them and the crime data published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The distribution of medals will be reviewed after every three years based on the average crime data.
There will be quota of medals for Women Investigators.
The Bureau of Police Research & Development will invite nominations from states, UTs and central investigating agencies based on recommendations from a state-level committee headed by an ADG rank officer.
These nominations will be processed by a screening committee in the BPR&D and approved by a sanctioning committee in the MHA, the statement said.
The names of awardees will be declared on August 15 every year. A certificate signed by the Union home minister along with a medal will be awarded to each winner and their names shall be published in the gazette of India.