Telecommunication

0471-2448707 sptele.pol@kerala.gov.in

Kerala Police Telecommunication is the backbone of the Police Force in the State. The Police Telecommunication wing is the Communication and Technical wing of the Police Department. Different branches of Kerala Police are actively linked 24 X 7 with utmost care and due consideration to strategical importance.

Police Telecommunication is functioning as per the Rules and Procedures of Government of India viz. Wireless and Telegraphic Act 1932, Radio Procedures and relevant Manuals.

The basic duties and responsibilities of this Unit are to provide Telecommunication network to the day to day Policing in the Districts, to maintain the equipment and to repair the same through regular monitoring. We also have our independent Training wing and Maintenance and Repair Workshop. Our other important duties include installation of special communication systems for VVIP Security bandobust, Sabarimala Festival season, Election duties, disaster management and grave Law and order situations etc.

History

Before independence of India, Malabar Special Police (MSP) and Special Armed Police (SAP) in Kerala were using Telecommunication as wireless for passing important messages. Radio unit of Kerala Police was formed in 1956,with HF wireless equipments working in CW mode, ie. using Morse Code. Kerala Police Telecommunication unit came into existence in 1994, with VHF communication equipments working in RT mode, ie. voice communication.

Kerala Police Telecommunication Unit is an integral part of the Police Force of Kerala. Even today HF communication is working and is maintained as a hot standby in the event of any natural calamity which may collapse all other long distance communication network. Today we provide RT communication through out the state in VHF and UHF for all the L&O duties of the Police force of Kerala. This is achieved through a series of Repeater Stations situated on top of hills and mountains in very remote forest areas, manned by Telecom personnel, working round the clock. All the RT communications are recorded and stored in Voice Loggers, which are tamper proof and can be retrieved any time for verification. In addition we have a computer network connecting all the major establishments of Kerala Police.

Malabar Special Police (MSP) and Special Armed Police (SAP) in Kerala where using HF Morse Communication System before the Independence of India. Since, 1956 MSP and SAP Signal Units were renamed as Radio Wing of Kerala Police.

During 1974 it was reconstituted with a Staff pattern and named as Kerala Police Telecommunication and extended HF (CW-Morse Code Communication) through the State for District Headquarters and other important Station. In addition to HF communication for the easiness of Voice Communication VHF (Very High Frequency) system has been provided. To achieve this and a State wide coverage different higher altitude hilly locations in the State were installed and functioning its Repeater Stations like Ponmudi in Thiruvananthapuram, Sankumala in Idukki, Nelliyampathy in Palakkad, Kurichiyermala in Wayanad and Mavungal in Kasaragod.

Subsequently for the usage of District wise Traffic and Law & Order 70 Local Repeater Stations in the highest locations also provided and functioning. In VHF band itself Department is using Low band and High band frequencies- reserved for Police forces.

Considering to the demand of voice communication channels and other constrains in VHF, Department also obtained license for UHF (Ultra High Frequency) operations in some major towns of the Kerala and functioning.

All the above 3 categories of VHF and UHF are locally made possible to their inter working by using our own assembled simple patching circuitries. Therefore a handheld walkie-talkie of 4 Watts power output of transmission at Thiruvananthapuram HQ, is made possible to talk with another small set at Kasaragode the farthest district in the State or any other districts at once.

In 1979 Tele Printer (TP) system has been provided through DoT leased lines. In 2003 TP has replaced with modern Computer Communication WAN network called CoB (Communication Back Bone) using BSNL leased line. In addition to HF, VHF & CoB Kerala Police Telecommunication is also having a District level Satellite Communication infrastructure of MHA. It was aimed to serve up to the Police Station level of all State Polices and Para-military forces in India by spending more than 100 Crores of money named POLNET.

At present 56 HF Communication equipment, 364 Repeaters, 3515 Mobile/Static Radios and 2664 Hand Held Sets are also working. The Headquarters of Telecommunication wing is functioning at Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram.

The State level Central Work shop (CWS) and Telecommunication Training Centre is also located at this Headquarter at Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram. This workshop is responsible for installation and maintenance of sophisticated equipments with the purpose of providing smooth communication through out the State also providing necessary training to the local districts work shops. All component level repairs are carrying out in this workshop. CWS is equipped with modern state of the art instruments like Radio Test Set of IFR and Marconi, 500Mhz CROs of Tektronics, Soldering and De-soldering stations etc. Also responsible for evaluation and preparation of Technical Specs. For Police and Security forces. A cute reference library also available here for immediate references

Cipher; the word Cipher is coding or concealing of information. This wing under Telecommunication is responsible for handling of Cipher system being used in the Police forces in India time to time. Collection of Cipher documents from DCPW NewDelhi carefully and performing the Cryptography operations for classified messages and other secret communications in the State Police Forces. The sanctioned strength of Telecommunication wing is SP-1, Deputy SPs –2,Inspectors – 21, SIs-95, ASIs 126,HCs-198,PCs-375,Carpenter, Blacksmith, Painter, Draftsman are 1 each.

The basic qualification for appointment of this wing is minimum SSLC with ITI. Though the personnel having more qualifications like B.Tech, Eng. Diploma, Computer related higher qualifications and experience are there. There fore the Telecommunication personnel can handle all Electronic, Electrical gadgets and computer based works in the Kerala Police.

As part of the Modernisation of Kerala Police a call monitoring system, Automatic Digital Voice Logger and Vehicle Location Monitoring System is also installed in Cities and District Headquarters. The call monitoring system is aimed to trace the identity of the caller at once and easy confirmation of its genuineness of received messages. The prank calls which hamper the emergency services of Police.

The Automatic Digital Voice Logger is a mechanism which automatically records the voice of all events over phone lines and wireless radios ie. the incoming and outgoing calls is stored into a redundant hard disk for a long period and the stored information are not allowing to edit, copy or delete from the system. This will help the higher authorities to judge the performance of control room and the general public will also get a better service from the Police Control Rooms.