Community policing, a unique project of the Kerala Police which seeks the participation of responsible citizens in crime prevention at the level of the local community, has taken one more step forward.
A Community Policing Research Centre was launched at the police headquarters on Friday to initiate research to improve the functioning of the community policing and make the system more efficient and independent. It is planned to develop the Community Policing Research Centre as the research wing of the police.
Community policing, which has been successfully implemented in 150 police stations, would be extended to 100 more stations soon.
The Community Policing Programme, named Janamaithri Suraksha Programme, has changed the face of the State Police by bringing the people closer to them.
Complaint card system - Traffic Police complaint cards through which the public can directly address district police chiefs, traffic warden system, prepaid autorickshaw hiring system, crime stopper system, involvement of residents’ associations in preventing crimes etc were some of the initiatives under the community policing which attracted special attention.
Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan inaugurated the Research Centre here on Friday. The Minister also released a handbook, ‘Digest of Hundred Notable Judgments of Police’, prepared by Police Headquarters legal adviser S Bhadran, on the occasion. The book, which is expected to be helpful for police officers, was released by handing over a copy to Planning Board Vice-Chairman K M Chandrasekhar. DGP Jacob Punnoose and Inspector General of Police (Crime Branch) B Sandhya were among those present.