Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the Janamaithri policing programme has been successful in the state. He was speaking after inaugurating a seminar on Janamaithri policing of Kochi range held here on Saturday. According to Chennithala, the Janamaithri police programme is the new face of police in the state. “What we intend through Janamaithri police is to free police from political pressure and work for the society. Janamaithri policing is being carried out with the cooperation of the public which helps the police to provide better security and maintain law and order in the state. With this, we can bring down the crime rate in the state substantially,” he said. Chennithala said initiatives would be taken to strengthen Janamaithri policing further. More officials would be deployed for beat policing. States like Karnataka and Odisha are planning to start the Janamaithri police system soon. Cyber crime in the state has become major concern these days, he said. “Infrastructure has to be developed to curb cyber crime. We have called a meeting in the coming days for planning ways to tackle cyber crime in the state,” he said and added that the government would also do its maximum to promote the Student Police Cadet (SPC) programme. ADGP A Hemachandran, ADGP K Padmakumar and Hibi Eden MLA spoke on the occasion.