THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Police officers in the state holding Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) posts can no longer serve in their native districts or places where their spouse resides.
The new step comes as a revised criteria in the transfer of DySPs, envisioned to improve the efficiency and confidence of police officers. The new directive prepared by DGP K S Balasubramanian has been ratified by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala.
According to the new directive, officers are not entitled to get transfer to districts where their spouse works and also cannot be posted to local police.
Officers who have completed two years in a sub division or traffic by May 31 would be mandatorily transferred to a special unit. However, those officers who have completed three-years service in a special unit will be entitled for transfer to local postings. Officers who do not complete two years in a post would be allotted transfers. Officers cannot continue in a particular district for more than five years.
Meanwhile, officers who are about to retire in one year would not be affected by the new directive. It also directs authorities concerned to grant transfer to officers to places of their choice, provided they have only two years of service. It also recommends the authorities to abstain from transferring officers during the academic year. Similar criteria would be applicable in case of general interest and technical expertise of the officer. It also states that police officers who have at least one-year service in both a special unit and local police would be eligible for promotion.