Objective is to create a civic-minded and socially-conscious generation: DGP

A summer camp for student police cadets began at the Kerala Police Academy here on Sunday.

Inaugurating the camp, Director-General of Police (DGP) Jacob Punnoose said the objective of the student police scheme was to create a civic-minded and socially-conscious generation.

“The new generation should taste the fruits of freedom in the right manner. Freedom does not mean lawlessness. Only when there is peace in society is the right to freedom preserved,” Mr. Punnoose said.

He said the student police scheme reflected improved police-public ties. “The visit of students to the Kerala Police Academy indicates the changing perception about the police. As a child, I was afraid of walking in front of the police station in Mavelikara where I grew up. In those days, anything related to the police evoked fear,” he said.

Mr. Punnoose said the student police scheme pointed to the triumph of democracy.

“If school students confidently walk into the Kerala Police Academy today, it denotes the maturing of democracy. It suggests that democracy is a living experience in the country,” he said.

In all, 536 student cadets from different parts of the State are taking part in the camp.

Among those present on the occasion were Inspector-General of Police (Thrissur Range) B. Sandhya, P. Vijayan, State Nodal Officer of the Student Police Cadet scheme, and Jose George, director of the Kerala Police Academy.

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