All Kerala Police Stations Will Be Kid Friendly: DGP
In an attempt to create an atmosphere where children can fearlessly file complaints, Kerala Police Director General Loknath Behera opened children’s centers at 15 state police stations virtually on Saturday.
Behera, addressing the event, said that Kerala Police are trying to create an environment in police stations where children can come to file complaints without any fear. The event was also attended by other senior law enforcement officials through in-depth videoconferences.
The concept of child-friendly police stations was launched in 2006 with the aim of making children happy who accompany people who come to police stations for various purposes. Such centers will help children and others to understand the functioning of police stations and the work of police officers and to avoid the gap between the police, children and the community.
At present, 85 state police stations have child-friendly centers. The state police chief said the system will be rolled out to 12 more police stations within three months. He said that the Kerala Police are aiming to set up child-friendly centers in all police stations.
The DGP inaugurated the Child Friendly Centers in Chadayamangalam, Pathanapuram, Anchal in the Kollam district, the Infopark police station, the Cyber Police station, the Ernakulam Ottapalam women’s police station, Malampuzha in the Palakkad district, Nilambur , Tanur, Changaramkulam in Malappuram district, Panur in Kannur and Adhoor, Rajapuram and Badiyadukka in Kasaragod district.
The Ollur SHO Police Station in Thrissur City received the 2019 award from the Ministry of the Interior for the best police station in Kerala. Officers from the Pathanamthitta and Mannuthi Police Station shared the 2019 Chief Minister’s Trophy for the best police station in the state.
The Pampady Police Station in Kottayam District won second prize and Thampanoor Police Station in Thiruvananthapuram City won third prize.
The Chief of State Police launched this year’s activities for Project Hope, a police initiative to help children reappear on failed exams in classes 10 and 12. Last year, 522 students failed the exam of Class X were trained to write exams under the scheme. Of these, 465 passed all subjects.
The head of the state police also launched a new project “Puthanuduppum Pusthakavum” to find children in need and provide them with clothes, books and study materials. The project is being implemented through the Student Police Cadet Volunteer Core, a volunteer organization formed to include alumni who have received student police cadet training.
The police chief awarded prizes to the winners of the short film and photography competitions organized on the occasion of the National Police Day.
The state police chief also published a book titled ‘Professor Pointer – The Answer to Cyber Issues’ written by artist Nandan Pillai under the auspices of the Cyber Dome to shed light on the pitfalls of the cyber world.