KOTTAYAM: In a bid to enhance the efficiency of the state police department, Crime Branch SPs will be appointed in every district, except Kasargod, Wayanad and Pathanamthitta. The decision was announced by Crime Branch DGP B S Muhammed Yasin while inaugurating the 30th annual state conference of Kerala Police Officer’s Association (KPOA) here on Tuesday.Yasin added crime investigation units will be formed in four centres in the state to investigate major and sensational cases. “There will be two units in Thiruvananthapuram and one each in Ernakulam and Kozhikode,” he said.
Yasin said the Crime Branch has also requested that the government appoint a legal adviser to provide legal assistance to the department, which is overloaded with cases. “The Crime Branch unit in Kerala has been investigating as many as 2,356 cases which is a record compared to the same department in other states. The Karnataka Crime Branch is investigating only 600 cases, but they have four legal advisers and Tamil Nadu which is handling 1,200 cases has five,” he said.
The DGP admitted there were lapses on the part of police in various activities, including in the case of vehicle checking. “The mistakes made by the police during vehicle checking has created an aversion among the public towards the department. For instance, when a drunken person is taken to custody, he should be taken to the hospital first. Instead, taking him to the police station without knowing his health condition is a risk and may spoil the reputation of the police,” he said.
Yasin also demanded special counselling for policemen, taking into account the mental strain - professional and personal - they undergo. At the same time, the DGP hailed Kerala Police, stating the state police is more efficient than the police department in any other state.Association president D K Prithviraj presided. District Police Chief V M Muhammed Rafique delivered the keynote address. KPOA state executive committee members P Mohanan and P K Prakasan presented resolutions.
The three-day state conference will end on Thursday. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the delegates meeting on the final day.