Recruitment to SPC from Class VIII mooted

Advisory boards to be formed at school level

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Inspired by the National Service Scheme (NSS) and the National Cadet Corps (NCC), the State government is actively considering a proposal to form Student Police Cadet (SPC) in schools for ‘creating an employable brigade to fight debasing tendencies gaining roots in society and playing a proactive role in nation-building activities’.

Official sources told The Hindu that the government would initiate preliminary steps to form the cadre in schools after holding discussions with various sections, including teachers and student organisations.

The concept note for the new force says that the motto is to create ‘responsible youth for a vigilant, peaceful and prosperous society.’ The thrust is on imparting discipline in the lives of students and also make them service-minded.

The idea germinated during an interaction between the Kochi city police and NSS volunteers in 2006. It has been proposed to start recruitment to the SPC from eighth standard for a two-year programme. The cadets will be designated as junior SPCs during the first year.

Each platoon will have 30 to 40 cadets. The cadets will be given an introduction to the civil and criminal laws and have interactive sessions with serving police personnel.

The cadets will be promoted as senior SPCs in the second year, after which they will take active role in community policing. Since they have set apart more time for scholastic pursuits, parades will be reduced to once a week.

They will be instrumental in taking up civic issues, organising residential association meetings and other activities which will help to establish themselves as social leaders.

At the end of the second year, the cadets will complete their tenure as SPCs and pass out as community police cadets. The cadets will then acquire a supervisory role, guiding their junior and senior SPCs.

It has been proposed to form advisory boards at the school level with active involvement of Principals, PTA members and local police officers.

The district-level activities will be headed by the District Superintendent of Police as chairman and the District Education Officer as convener.

The State-level advisory board for handling policy matters will be headed by the Principal Secretary, Home Department.

An interactive platform with other service bodies like the NSS has also been proposed at the State level. The expenditure for the programme will be shared by local self-government institutions, Education and Home departments.