Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The ninth batch of police constable trainees, 104 in all, attached to the Bangalore commissionerate of police graduated from the Police Training School in an impressive passing-out parade here on Thursday. The graduates had commenced their training in indoor and outdoor subjects at the school on March 21 last year and will be posted to police stations under the Bangalore police commissionerate shortly.

Additional Director-General of Police (Recruitment and Training) D.V. Guruprasad, who reviewed the parade, advised the recruits to be people-friendly in their duties. He said such a disposition was warranted given the new threats confronting society, and policemen needed help from society to tackle them.

He said the nature of crime had undergone a sea change from what it used to be a decade ago, and advised the new recruits to give special attention to the prevention and detection of crimes pertaining to narcotics and psychotropic substances, cyber crimes, Naxalism, and child and women trafficking.

Lauding the work done by the staff of the school, he said the police department would take steps to convert the school into a permanent facility with proper infrastructure.

Dr. Guruprasad said the vast pool of talent in the city made it an ideal place in which to train policemen.

Inspector-General of Police (Training) M. Lakshman presented awards to the recruits who had excelled and also to the best recruit. Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) H.N.S. Rao rewarded the instructors who had worked with the batch.

Following the passing-out parade, the recruits presented a physical training display.