Kerala is a southern Indian state located on the south-western part of the peninsula. The state of Kerala is endowed with rich tropical evergreen forests, beautiful sandy beaches and emerald green palm groves. The lofty Sahyadri range along the length of the state forms its eastern boundary. The mountains are a haven for rich biodiversity and are nature’s cradle for speciation. Infact, the state language Malayalam derives its etymology from these alluring mountains, wherein, ‘mala’ means mountain and ‘al’ means a person. The 580 kilometer long west coast line abutting the Arabian sea, forms the western boundary of the state. Scenic backwaters, fresh water lakes and rivers dot the whole landscape. Kerala state is also known for its high ranking in Human Development Indices. UNDP report on HDI for 2018 has ranked Kerala at the top among all the states in India. The epithet ‘God’s own country’ to Kerala is hence, well deserved. Kerala is also known for having the largest number of expatriate population settled in various parts of the world. The non-resident Keralites treasure deep ties with their native land. High levels of literacy combined with legitimate expectations of high service delivery standards among the citizens pose refreshing challenges to the state administration and the Law enforcement agencies.
About Kerala Police
Kerala State Police is the law enforcement agency for the state of Kerala with its headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital.
Kerala Police has a reputation for being one of the best-managed state police forces in the country and is one of the top-ranking states in terms of maintenance of law and order. Kerala police is also one of the first police departments in South Asia to implement community policing through an enactment. It is popularly known as ‘Janamaithri’ policing, which literally translates to people-friendly policing Kerala Police registers the highest number of cognizable offences in the country, next only to the National Capital Territory of Delhi. This has to be viewed in perspective of the relatively peaceful image of the state. This is a reflection of the good practice adopted by the state in registering every cognizable instance reported at the Police station level and dealing with the crimes and offenders legally.
Kerala Police has been the fountain head of several police reforms and innovative schemes in the country. A new Kerala Police Act enacted in 2011 was a guiding light for many other state police forces in the country to draft their own local Police Acts. The avant-garde provisions of the Act, which enable setting up of Police Establishment Board, Police Complaints Authority, State Security Commission, Police Welfare Bureau, Community Policing, etc., have given it a status of a modern day treatise on Policing philosophy. Student Police Cadet Scheme piloted by the Kerala state during 2008-2010, to positively tackle adolescent deviant behavior and encourage good citizenship values among youth has been endorsed as a plan scheme by Ministry of Home Affairs and has now been adopted by many other states in India. Similarly, initiatives such as Kerala Police Cyberdome, a PPP model in cyber governance and Kerala Police CoCoN, a flagship annual conference on cyber security and digital strategies to tackle crimes, have earned a respectable place in the hearts of all stakeholders.
The high literacy levels in Kerala society are also reflected in the high levels of educational qualification among the cutting edge level police officials of Kerala Police. Their demeanour, turn-out and skill levels in dealing with citizens, mirror their education levels. The recruitment of constabulary level officials done through a stringent competitive exam by an independent Public Service Commission echoes the ethos of Kerala society for transparency and fairness. The newly recruited Police officials are trained in the latest police subjects, both indoor and outdoor, and nurtured to live up to the motto of Kerala Police.