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First Police Commissioner of Thrissur assumes charge

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Thrissur police district has been bifurcated into city, rural

NEW office: P. Vijayan assumes charge as the first Police Commissioner of Thrissur on Thursday. Director-General of Police Jacob Punnoose and Inspector-General of Police, Thrissur Range, B. Sandhya, are present. — PHOTO: K. K. Najeeb
NEW office: P. Vijayan assumes charge as the first Police Commissioner of Thrissur on Thursday. Director-General of Police Jacob Punnoose and Inspector-General of Police, Thrissur Range, B. Sandhya, are present. — PHOTO: K. K. Najeeb

P. Vijayan assumed charge as the first city Police Commissioner of Thrissur on Thursday.

The police commissionerate, a long-pending demand, has become a reality with the bifurcation of the Thrissur police district into city and the rural.

The Thrissur sub-division (comprising Thrissur East, Thrissur West and Ollur circles) and Guruvayur sub-division (comprising Peramangalam and Guruvayur circles) will come under the city police commissionerate. In all, the urban police set up will cover 12 police stations, including a women police station and a traffic station. The rest of the district will come under the rural police superintendent headed by M. Padmanabhan.

The rural police district will have three sub-divisions – Chalakudy (Puthukkad, Kodakara, Chalakudy, Mala circles); Irinjalakuda (Irinjalakuda, Kodungallur, Valappad and Cherpu circles) and Kunnamkulam (Kunnamkulam, Wadakkanchery, Chelakkara and Chavakkad circles).

Mr. Vijayan, who belongs to the 1999 IPS batch of the Kerala cadre, has served as Kanhangad Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mattancherry Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kasaragod Superintendent of Police and Commandant of the Kerala Armed Police (KAP) I and V battalions.

He also has had a stint as Superintendent of Police, Thiruvananthapuram (Rural); Commissioner of Police, Kochi city; Superintendent of Police, Malappuram and Ernakulam (Rural), SP, Crime Branch CID, Ernakulam and Commissioner of Police, Kozhikode, his most recent posting. He is the State nodal officer for the Student Police Cadet Scheme. His wife, M. Beena, was Collector of Thrissur.

The new administrative office for the urban police is located at Ramavarmapuram.

Police studies centre

N. K. Jayakumar, Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi, inaugurated an Inter-Disciplinary Centre for Police Studies at the Kerala Police Academy here on Thursday.

The centre, an autonomous institution under the NUALS, will work with active participation of the Kerala Police Academy, the Police Training College and the Forensic Science Laboratory to open up suitable avenues for learning for the policemen.

It will promote research on topics related to police studies and evaluate emerging internal security problems and help update the professional skills of the policemen to meet global challenges, Jose George, Director of the Kerala Police Academy, said.

The centre proposes to start courses at the graduate, postgraduate and research levels on police studies.

Director-General of Police Jacob Punnoose; IG, Thrissur Range, B. Sandhya; and Principal of the Thrissur Government Law College A.S. Saroja participated in the function.

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