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Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan

Staff Reporter

Home Minister says massive police recruitment planned this year

Thiruvananthapuram: There was a dip in the number of murder cases reported in the State in 2009 when compared to past years, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said here on Wednesday.

Inaugurating the newly constructed State police headquarters here, Mr. Balakrishnan said as many as 393 murders were reported in the State in 2006. The number came down to 325 in 2009. The Minister claimed that this was an indication of the improved law and order situation in the State.

The State police were planning massive recruitment of officers and men to the force in 2010.

The police had also modernised its training module to better the quality of the officer cadre and the constabulary, Mr. Balakrishnan said.

The police had formed coastal vigilance committees by including sea-going fishermen and coastal community members to improve the State’s coastal security. He said buildings will be provided to house all police stations and Circle Inspector offices in the State. Kerala Police Housing Construction Corporation Managing Director and Inspector General of Police M.N. Krishnamoorthy said the public sector company had constructed the 81,000-square feet complex at a cost of Rs.7.7 crore. The corporation was able to limit the cost to less than Rs.924 per square foot.

The State police had originally planned a 11-floor complex. The original plan was shelved for a seven-floor complex after consulting the Airports Authority of India. E.K. Nayanar, the then Chief Minister, laid the foundations of the complex in 1996.

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