Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that a State security force modelled on the Central Industrial Security Force will be formed soon.
He was inaugurating the India Reserve Battalion at the Kerala Police Academy here on Thursday. “As part of efforts to achieve zero vacancy position in the State police department, 10,100 people have been recruited in the past four years,” he said.
The battalion, which comprises 263 trainees in the regular stream and 181 commando trainees, was formed with Rs.29 crore sanctioned by the Centre. Training for recruits in the regular stream began at the Academy on December 28. Commando recruits will be trained at the Pandicaud Police Camp at Malappuram from January 24. Training will be completed in 18 months.
Steps have been taken for construction of the battalion headquarters on 23 acres at Ramavarmapuram using Rs. 10 crore sanctioned by the State Government.
Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose said the State would not have to rely on Central forces in emergency situations once the India Reserve Battalion was trained.
Earlier, addressing a passing out parade of 20 dogs and 38 handlers trained at the Kerala Police Academy, the Minister said the number of dogs in the police canine wing would be increased.
Addressing a public meeting at Irinjalakuda, the Home Minister praised the Irinjalakuda police station for having won ISO certification for its community policing initiatives. He handed over the certificate to Mr. Punnoose.