Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Fisheries Minister S. Sarma has said that the basic police rules should be revised as contemporary times are witnessing the contradiction of centuries-old laws being implemented on a highly developed society.

He was speaking after inaugurating the family meeting held in connection with the 23rd State meeting of the Kerala Police Association here on Wednesday. Changes in the police should be made in a scientific manner to give it a public-friendly face, he said.

A.M. Arif, MLA; M. Wahab, Superintendent of Police, Ernakulam Rural; and K.J. George Francis, founder general secretary of the Association, spoke. V.F. Thomas, KPA State executive committee member, presided. Earlier, V.R. Rajeevan, Additional Director General of Police, Administration, inaugurated the State committee meeting. S. Surendran, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Crime Detachment, spoke, and K. Bhaskaran, president, KPA, presided. Various resolutions were taken up for discussion.

The meeting will end on Thursday. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will inaugurate a public meeting in the evening and Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Home Minister, will inaugurate the delegates' meeting.

Different facets of police

While heated discussions on the changes that need to be effected in the Kerala Police are going on, activities along the sidelines of the meeting tell more than what meets the eye.

At one level, it showcases the history of the force. It also reflects the contemporary life in the force. The best part of it being a glimpse at how the public look at the force. Though a hurriedly arranged show, it brings together all possible versions about policing in the State.

In the segment titled `Police in History', the uniform used by personnel in the past are on display. Most of the exhibits have come from the Palakkad branch of the KPA, which give an idea about the looks that the force had in yesteryears.

The segment titled `Police in News' has more variety. It has newspaper clippings related to police and policing in the State. It is indeed interesting to note that this include news about the plight of the constabulary as well as those about police personnel getting caught while accepting bribes.

There are photographs of policemen on duty in developed nations like the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Japan and China and one picture of Kerala police personnel riding atop a jeep while on election duty in Bihar.