Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the government has taken steps to fill 3,000 vacancies of police constables in the State.

The Minister was addressing the official function held at the police parade grounds at Kerala Armed Police Battalion-III at Vadakkadathukavu, near Adoor, on Saturday.

A total of 209 new police constables who were trained at Kerala Armed Police Battalions III and V have been added to the State police force with the passing out parade.

Mr. Balakrishnan said another 1,500 constables would be added to the police force by July. Restriction on recruitment of women to the post of sub inspector has been withdrawn and the government has also decided to make higher secondary pass the minimum educational qualification for applying to the post of police constable, he said.

Tom George who has been adjudged the ‘Allrounder’ during the nine-month training led the march. Mr George and three others, Jijo Vijayan (Best Indoor trainee), Anwar.E (Best Outdoor trainee) and Shahjahan (Best Shooter) received prizes from the Home Minister.

V.Sandhya, Inspector General of Police, E.J.Jayaraj, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Armed Police Battalion), District Superintendent of Police K.G.James, P.K.Kuttappayi, Commandant, KAP-III and P.Prakash, Commandant of KAP-V, also attended the ceremony.

An engineering graduate, 29 post-graduates, 128 graduates, nine ITI certificate holders and two law graduates were among the police constables who have completed training on Saturday.