No more arrests for bailable offences; Kerala Police to have new work criteria
Thiruvananthapuram: In view of the continuing COVID-19 scare, Kerala police have come up with new criteria for work. As per the new criteria, arrest will be avoided in bailable offences and only those who have committed serious offences will face arrest.
DGP Loknath Behera approved the new criteria of work prepared by a team under ADGP Manoj Abraham on Saturday. It was handed over to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for approval.
As per the new criteria of work, police stations will function with half the staff. Others will be on rest. All police officials are allowed to directly report to the place of duty without visiting the police station daily.
Arrest will be avoided in bailable offences. Police officials must use mask, gloves and sanitizer while arresting a person. The accused who will be arrested must wear mask and gloves.
Social distancing must be maintained in police vehicles. With the revised duty pattern, police officials will get 7 days’ rest after working for 7 days. Duty detailing to each officials will be given over phone allowing them to skip reporting at police station every day. Role call, shift change and parade will be avoided.
Normal vehicle inspections will not be carried out. Police officials will be deployed for traffic duty only at major junctions which are crowded.
Only a few officials will be deployed for duty at airport and railway stations. Duty of pregnant police officials will be limited inside police stations like computer works and help desk.
Officials above 50 years who suffer from lifestyle diseases will be excluded from hotspot areas.
The public will be requested to avoid visiting police stations and use e-mail, WhatsApp and call centre facilities to lodge complaints.
All police officials must avoid wearing uniform cap while using a mask during field duty.
All police officials on duty are obliged to keep a sanitizer personally. Mobile phones should be used in speaker mode. Wearing jewellery like bangles, chain and earrings which easily spread the virus should be avoided.
It is hinted that this working pattern will be continued in the police department until COVID-19 comes under control.