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Taking ‘policing’ to the masses

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Larger picture:A photo exhibition organised on the ‘Role of Janamaithri police in protection of women and children’ in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.— Photo: S. Gopakumar
Larger picture:A photo exhibition organised on the ‘Role of Janamaithri police in protection of women and children’ in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.— Photo: S. Gopakumar

A two-day exhibition showcasing various facets of policing was inaugurated at the Kanakakunnu palace on Monday.

The exhibition is being held as part of the State-level workshop for beat officers on “role of Janamaithri police in protection of women and children,” at the same venue.

On display are photographs of policemen involved in rescue of accident victims, building collapse, children in distress, the recent initiatives of police in creating awareness about the need to adhere to traffic rules and wearing of helmet.

Also, exhibited are various police helpline numbers and information regarding traffic rules.

Going beyond its call of duty, the police have displayed gory images of cancer affected body parts ostensibly to create awareness on the ill-effects of smoking.

“We took this as a social responsibility to deter at least the younger generation from developing the habit. The image will have a stronger impact than providing facts about hazards of smoking,” said a policeman guarding the exhibits.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Bina Paul, deputy director, Kerala State Chalachithra Academy.

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan inaugurated the workshop.

Others who attended the inaugural function included State Police chief K. S. Balasubramanian, ADGP B. Sandhya, Additional Chief Secretary K. M Abraham and Chairperson Women’s Commission K. C Rossakutty.

During the workshop, beat officers would be briefed on subjects such as “tackling trafficking in women and children,” “crime against women-citizens’ perspective, “cyber crimes against women,” “role of NGOs in the protection of women and children,” and “children in the changing world-rights and duties.”

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