From day one of its inception, LDF government has taken measures to improve the law and order of the state. As a government policy, scientific methods are being used for crime investigation instead of torture methods. Curbing violence against women and children has become the top priority of the government. The law and order of any society is primarily kept intact in the well-being of a community. The government has taken steps to extend the successful community policing program, Janmaithry Stations, to all police stations.
Addressing Violence Against Women and Children
Safety of women has become an area of prime concern. The government has introduced Pink Patrol in six cities. Simultaneously, Pink Beat is also introduced in bus stands and junctions in some other cities. This is in addition to the existing systems of police service around the state such as local police patrol, highway patrol, shadow police observation and so on. Self-defense workshops and awareness programs on women’s rights and laws are being organized throughout the state. The previous budget has allocated Rs six crore for creating gender awareness and implementing women friendly facilities.
Complaints related to safety and violence against women can now be filed at District Women’s Cell, besides any police station, where the service of at least one police women is made available. Steps have been initiated to increase the total percentage of women in police force to 15%. At present women constitute 6% of the total police force. It will be increased incrementally to 25%. For the first time in the history of the state, the government is starting a Women Police Battalion. 451 new posts are being created for the same.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau data Kerala has a high crime rate. But it doesn’t mean that the law and order of the state is vulnerable. On the other hand, it means that more and more crimes are being reported since police stations have become accessible to people. Moreover, we have the distinction of being the state with highest conviction rate. This points to the better capability of our police force to prove and charge crimes efficiently than their counterparts in the rest of the country.
New Steps and Modernisation
Rs. Fifty crores is earmarked under various provisions for modernising the police force. Rs. twelve crores is exclusively set aside to improve the technological capabilities of our police.
CUG Sims are given to all police officers and Khaki Hats are created exclusively to deal with cyber-crimes. Currently thousand five hundred and ninety eight (1598) new officers completed training and joined the force. Circle Inspectors are being appointed as station house officers in police stations. Furthermore, the budget announced the allocation of eight new coastal police stations. Drive to curb anti-social elements and goondas were conducted between February and March 2017. Around 6,500 persons were arrested under 151 CRPC during this drive. 831 goondas were charged under 107 CRPC and 59 people were charged under 110 CRPC.
The law and order department has effectively thwarted many attempts by anti-social and communal elements to disrupt the peace and harmony of the state during the past one year. The quick response of the police force and timely arrest of the culprits in many cases have increased the reputation and credibility of the police force. The government is providing ample support to modernise the police force to face the emerging challenges of a fast changing society.