Beret cap or peaked cap? Change of police cap not finalised yet

T Aadithyan

Kozhikode: Despite the recommendation of Police Staff Council that all police officers in the state can wear beret caps, the government has not yet issued the order in this regard. It was decided in the staff council meeting held under the leadership of the DGP (Director General of Police) in last May to give same cap to all cops.

Currently, beret caps are used by police officers above the rank of SP (Superintendent of Police) and police drivers. In Kerala, there are about 65,000 police officers in various positions. From DGP to civil police officers the staff council had decided to give same type of cap in different colours to them.

The association office-bearers said that the order regarding the cap was delayed as the Additional Chief Secretary had some doubts about the colour of beret caps.

As per the recommendation of the staff council, the cops from civil police officers to CI (Circle Inspector) rank will be given black beret caps and those from DySP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) to DGP rank will be given royal blue caps. The old styled peaked caps will be used during passing out parade, VIP visits and other official events.

Ease of use

The Police Association submitted the request to the DGP pointing out that it is difficult to use peaked caps. Based on this request, the staff council meeting decided that all cops can use same type of caps.

When the policemen are assigned duty at different locations, it is difficult to keep the peaked caps. It is not easy to keep it in pockets or bags. During conflicts or lathi charge, the cap easily falls off from head. The policemen also said that wearing peaked cap in summer causes health issues as well.

Decision not finalised

Manoj Abraham, ADGP Headquarters, said that it was decided to change the cap as directed by the staff council. Following this, the recommendation was made after including the report of the committee formed for suggesting the shape and colour of the cap. No decision has been taken on the order, he added.

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