Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has allocated Rs 3,849 crore for Home Department in the budget.
Plans to set up Karnataka State Police Intelligence Academy, State Disaster Reserve Force, Academy of Prison Administration and Safe City Security Infrastructure Project are the highlights of the budget.
Though there is a shortage of 18,000 police personnel, CM Jagadish Shettar said only 8,000 vacancies at various-levels would be filled up in the next financial year. Reorganisation of Bangalore City Police Commissionerate is also on the cards.
Karnataka State Police Intelligence Academy will be established and `2 crore has been sanctioned to strengthen the Intelligence Department. State Disaster Reserve Force will be formed by deputing staff from KSRP, Karnataka State Industrial Security Force (KSIF) and Fire Force.
With partial assistance from the Union government, ‘Safe City Security Infrastructure’ for five major cities, Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Belgaum and Hubli-Dharwad, will be taken up over a five-year period at an estimated cost of `150 crore.
Academy of Prison Administration will be established in Bangalore at an estimated cost of `4 crore to provide training to prison officers and staff through various refresher courses.