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Thiruvananthapuram: A study report compiled by the Kerala Police recommends to give charge of stations having a minimum number of cases registered to sub-Inspectors.
During the tenure of Lokanath Behra as DGP, Inspectors were appointed as Station House Officers (SHOs) and given charge of their respective stations. However, the study report pointed out that the new system backfired, leaving Inspectors little time to spare for probing cases of utmost importance.
The recommendation from the police headquarters came in the backdrop of a report compiled at the ADGP level. Meanwhile, it was alleged that decision to appoint SHOs was taken hastily without discussing it with senior police officials in the state.
During the tenure of Behra, around 400 SIs were promoted as Inspectors to take charge as SHOs. However, Inspectors struggled to probe cases on time due to additional duties. Further, a meeting of the IPS association also ridiculed the government's decision to appoint Inspectors as SHOs.
In cases of utmost importance, Inspectors are tasked to lead the probe, besides doing duties as an officer in charge of the station.