Functioning of Women Reception Desks
Women Desks have been set up in most of the Police Stations in the State, since February 2006, under the charge of Women Police personnel, with the aim of helping Women and Children seeking Police help, which they can do without any fear or inhibitions. Cases of atrocities against Women and Children, and harassment of women at home, work places or in public places, come under the purview of the Women Desks. These have proved to be extremely successful. The Women Desk in a Police Station is under the control of a WSCPO/WCPO who listens to the complaints patiently and sympathetically, and takes the matter to higher authorities wherever necessary. The Women Desk also provides adequate and proper information to the Women and Children approaching them on various issues relating to Police work. The Women Desk functions during the daytime ie. from 8 AM to 6 PM on all days. This system has been found to be a great success in redressing the grievances of needy Women and Children.
To create Women Friendly Spaces larger than 150 Sq. Feet in all Police Stations. These spaces will have basic amenities for Women, sufficient furnishings and Educational Materials.
Senior Citizen Help Desk
Nowadays the phenomenon of the growth of the elderly population (60+) in India is alarming. In India, the culture of sending elderly people to Old Age Homes is spreading at a remarkable pace. In 2002, of the total number of 1018 old age homes in India registered with Help Age India, 186 were from Kerala. The old age population in India in 1961 was 25.6 million while after 30 years i.e., in 1991 it was more than double, which comes to 56.7 million. In Kerala the old age population is much higher than that of the other states. It is also to be noted that majority of old age people in Kerala are widows. In 1991, among the old age people in the range of 60-69, 53.8% are widows and among those above 70 years it comes to 69.20 percent. As such the issues related to the elderly and their grievances are showing an increasing trend. Statistics shows that nine percent of our population is elderly people and sixty-seven percent of those elderly people are widows. By 2021, about 20 percent of our population will be elderly people and the demand for the social security system in this sector will enormously increase. So, it is highly important to remember that social security for senior citizens is not a charity but, a basic human right. Hence Senior Citizen Help Desks have been constituted in all Police Stations within the jurisdiction of Thrissur Rural Police District and are functioning properly under the strict supervision of Inspectors of Police concerned. The Functioning of the Senior Citizen Help Desks in this unit has improved the lifestyle, security feelings and reduced the loneliness of the elderly. The Senior Citizen Help Desk was formed to ensure the safety and security of senior citizens dwelling in the jurisdiction. The main objectives and features of the scheme are as follows -
►Senior citizens of the age group of 60 and above who are staying alone or as couple are covered by this scheme.
►These citizens can register for the Senior Citizen Forum online.
►Every fortnight, a Janamytri policeman will visit the registered senior citizen at his home to ensure him a maximum sense of security and confidence.
►During night patrolling, the concerned area should be under close surveillance.
►The senior citizen does not need to visit the police station in any circumstance to make his complaint. He just rings up the toll-free helpline number (1090, 112) for police help.
►The SHO himself will organise field visits to Senior Citizens giving them a better sense of Security and Confidence.
►The SHO will personally contact the senior citizens at least once in a month to assess and address their security concerns.
►Senior citizens can contact the District Police Chief in the event of any emergency.
►The SDPOs must conduct frequent surveys in their jurisdiction to identify senior citizens, especially aged couples, living alone.
►Police will intensify patrolling and vehicle checks in areas where more aged couples are living.
►The Local Police will keep monitoring the registered Senior Citizens by interacting with them on Telephone on regular basis.
The Janamythri Suraksha Project was initially started at Irinjalakuda Police Station in Thrissur Rural District as per Government Order, GO(Rt) No 1452/09 Home dated 22.05.2009. At present, 21 police stations in this district are Janamythri Police Stations.
Women Self Defence Training Programme
Women Self-Defence Training Programme is a unique initiative of Kerala Police under its Community Policing Project. This project aims at empowering women through comprehensive awareness and practical training programme. The vulnerability of women and young girls is a major factor contributing to the instances of crime against women. This special programme for women's self-defence has become extremely popular among the women folk of Kerala. About 600 female police officers across the State have been trained to conduct the programme. The salient features of the project are: Empowering women through a comprehensive awareness and practical training programme that includes -
- Confidence building tips to transform from a victim nature to smart nature
- Awareness on Legal aspects of crime against women
- Awareness on Police facilities for ensuring the safety of women
- Simple defence techniques to combat various threat situations like bag snatching, chain snatching, Sexual attacks, eve teasing, bus/ metro threats, lift attacks, ATM attacks, domestic violence etc.
- Nature of attacks and attackers and how to confront a dangerous situation.
- Awareness on Aspects of women empowerment.
Student Police Cadet
The Student Police Cadet Project is a school-based youth development initiative that trains high school students to evolve as future leaders of a democratic society by inculcating within them respect for the law, discipline, civic sense, empathy for vulnerable sections of society and resistance to social evils. The project also enables youth to explore and develop their innate capabilities, thereby empowering them to resist the growth of negative tendencies such as social intolerance, substance abuse, deviant behaviour, and anti-establishment violence. Equally, it strengthens within them commitment towards their family, the community, and the environment. There are 23 schools in this district having Student Police Cadets.
School Protection Group
Aiming at the safety and protection of school students, School Protection Group was formed. The School principal, PTA president, ward member or councillor, representatives from teachers and students, representatives from merchants and traders and police officers will be members of this group. The project will be implemented in high schools and higher secondary schools. The main aim of the project is to ensure the safety of students while crossing busy roads and junctions. The group will create awareness among students against the use of alcohol and other narcotic substances. They will also keep a tab on the mafia activities in and around schools. Selected schools in this district have a School Protection Group.
Pink Police Patrol
Pink Police patrols for enhancing the safety for women and children in public places. The Pink Beat includes specially trained women police personnel. These police personnel will patrol on KSRTC and private stage carriers and will be present at bus stops, schools, colleges and other public places in Thrissur Rural police jurisdiction.
The Pink Patrol cars have been equipped with GPS tracking devices as well as cameras installed on the front and rear sides of the vehicles. The camera sends continuous visuals to the control room. These patrol vehicles will be led by a women police officer and will have two other women police personnel. The patrol will be deployed in areas that have high presence of women and will function from 8 am to 8 pm.
These personnel not just monitor the insides of the crowded public buses for misuse and hassle, but also look out for anti-social activities at bus stops, schools and other vulnerable areas.
Kadalora Jagratha Samithy
Kadalora Jagratha Samithy was formed with a view to enhancing the police public relations and sharing information regarding costal security. In Thrissur Rural district, 6 police stations in the coastal area (Azhikode, Kodungallur, Mathilakam, Kaipamangalam, Valappad and Vatanappilly) have Kadalora Jagratha Samithy. Fisheries Officials, Local Political representatives, Fishermen's from different Unions and concerned Circle Inspectors are the members of Kadalora Jagratha Samithy.