The wives of retired police officers should be given financial assistance from the police welfare fund and their children should be given 5 per cent reservation in recruitment to the department, retired Deputy Superintendent of Police S.R. Rathod has said.

Speaking after inaugurating the Police Flag Day programme at the Police Parade grounds here on Saturday, he said as police personnel undergo severe mental and physical strain during service, they suffered from various health ailments after retirement. Under such circumstances, it became difficult for them to take care of their families.

“If financial assistance is provided from the police welfare fund to their wives, policemen can manage their families and lead a comfortable life,” he added.

With the advent of latest technologies, there was considerable change in the methods of crime, and maintaining law and order had become a challenge for police officials.

“As anti-social elements use more sophisticated equipment to commit crime, police personnel should also be provided with latest weapons and equipment to curb crime,” he added.

Deputy Commissioner S.S. Pattanshetty, Superintendent of Police D.C. Rajappa, and Additional Superintendent of Police F.A. Trasgar were present.