Chief Minster Oommen Chandy on Saturday said that the police force gets its strength from the trust of the people rather than arms and ammunition.
He was speaking during the state convention of Kerala Police Service Officers Association (KPSOA) held here. According to the Chief Minster, if the police rely only on arms and ammunition, then there would be several law and order issues in the state.
He said the government would continue to support the police department.
He said the Janamaithri Suraksha Project, which was started during the Left government, is being supported by the UDF Government and more projects and police stations are being brought under the project.
Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the government would consider constituting a police hospital for the healthcare needs of the Kerala Police.
He urged the police to be compassionate to the public just as they stand firm against offenders. The Minister said the government is fully committed to the safety of policemen and would compensate for any mishaps they encounter while on duty.
He congratulated the police for successfully maintaining the law and order in the state.
T P Senkumar, ADGP, Intelligence, said police officials should be ready to correct the mistakes committed by people in the department. He said policemen should not forget their commitment to the public even when they are fighting for their own rights in the department.
KPSOA acting president P B Prashob said more police stations were needed to increase the efficiency of the force.