One-hundred police stations across the state will be converted into smart stations, said State Police Chief Loknath Behera. Addressing the crime review conference, attended by all IPS officers involved in policing duties, he said `5 lakh has been sanctioned to ADGPs (SCRB, training and headquarters) and Thrissur district police chief to develop a working model of a smart station. Once successfully implemented, the project will be extended to other districts.
The key feature is that technically qualified officers will be appointed in smart stations and they will oversee the machines and technology being used in those stations so that better service could be provided to the public. He said senior officers should visit the stations frequently and give directions to the officers there.
In the wake of the allegations that certain officers were misusing orderlies, it has been decided to curtail the deployment of police personnel on work arrangement. It has been decided that work arrangement will be allowed only to meet the required strength of particular department. The meeting also assessed that political murders have come down and there were no communal clashes reported in 2018. “But there have been attempts to create communal polarisation and police should maintain caution against such moves,” Behera told the meeting.
Concerns were aired at the rising number of POCSO cases as well as cases related to missing of women and children. The IG’s and district chiefs have been asked to pay special attention to such cases.
Behera reiterated action against police personnel involved in criminal cases and said possible departmental actions including termination from service will be taken against them