Staff Reporter

For excellent professional achievements

PALAKKAD: Innovative community policing and excellent professional achievements have helped Palakkad Town South Police Station get the award for the best police station in the country and come in as the second best in the south Asia region.

116 police stations across the country, including 11 from Kerala, were in the fray for this prestigious award from Altus Global Alliance of Netherlands.

Based on their evaluation, Palakkad Town South Police Station was selected as the best in the State of Kerala and in India as a whole and as runner up for the best police station in South Asia Region. The station had a score of 85 when the average score in Kerala was 65. The national average score was 75.

District Superintendent of Police Vijay Sakhare told The Hindu here on Sunday that the award was based on professionalism in policing, achievements in policing parameters, best practices prevailing in the police station and the delivery of public service by the police station.

Altus Global Alliance of Netherland is a global organisation with a multi-cultural perspective working for improving public safety and justice in society. It places special emphasis on accountability, transparency and quality of policing. It used the impressions of the common man or individual user or client of the police station to assess these parameters, Mr. Sakharehe said.

Over the years, such feed back has served as a source of knowledge for reforms in the police departments of various countries. Police leaders, human rights activists, legislatures, journalists and citizens around the world were able to understand the constraints faced by the police in a better manner, he said.

A Police Station Visitor’s Week programme is organised by Altus Global Alliance every year. In 2007, it was organised from October 22 to 28. The station could win this award only because of its efficiency and effectiveness in delivery of public services.