Kerala Police Academy
The training establishment of Kerala Police has come a long way since the Police Training School of Travancore state in 1882 and the Police Training College at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) that has been in existence since 1943. Now we have got a Kerala Police Academy at Thrissur (Trichur) that began functioning in May, 2004.
As per GO MS 1/1996/Home dated 01/01/1996 sanctioned the Kerala Police Academy. Academy inaugurated in May 2004 by Sri. A.K Antony the then Chief Minister of Kerala. Kerala Police Academy (KEPA), Thrissur is headed by Director in the rank of Inspector General of Police. He is assisted by DIG. There are five Assistant Directors in the rank of Superintendent of Police to coordinate the Indoor, Outdoor and Technical training of Kerala Police Academy. The responsibility of the overall planning and supervision of training activities of Kerala Police is vested in ADGP (Training) based at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
Kerala Police Academy is situated in Thrissur (Trichur). The Academy runs full-term basic courses for sub-inspectors, constables, women constables, drivers and telecommunication wing constables. It also runs short-term courses and in-service courses for various ranks. Spread over an area of 348 acres (1.4 km²), the Academy is designed to have a capacity of training 1950 trainees of various ranks (1500 constables, 400 officers and 50 women constables) at a time, which is one of the highest in India. Built at a cost of Rs. 220 million, the Academy has indoor training facility to train 1200 people at a time, a main parade ground of 7.5 acres and a sports complex ground of 3.5 acres. The Academy has got a 300 yards firing range. The MT school of the Academy can train 300 drivers at a time. There is also a police dog training center and kennel which can train 18 dogs at a time.
Since its inception, the Academy has trained over 22,000 personnel of various ranks. The main administrative block of the Academy is a building of 90,000 square feet (8,000 m²) floor area. Accommodation at the Academy includes the Senior Officers’ Mess with a capacity of 68, a Subordinate Officers’ Mess with a capacity of 152, and the Mess for the constabulary which can house 900 men. The Academy has got its own hospital, bank and post office.
Kerala Police Academy is the main training centre of Kerala Police. The Academy will cater to the training needs of all officers of police department including IPS officers. Kerala Police Academy gives training in Management, Traffic, Communication, Computers, Swimming, driving, Transport and Forensics. Seminars and workshops on topics of current relevance are conducted
Kerala Police Academy has a Main building of 90,000 Squire Feet. It consists of :-
- An Air-conditioned Conference hall, can seat 100 delegates.
- 3 A/c Seminar Halls, each of 150 capacity
- 16 big and 7 medium classrooms, 1200 personnel can be seated in indoor classes at the same time.
- 2 Computer Labs, each of 50 computers for training.
Kerala Police Academy is conscious of the challenge of transforming Police training to suit the needs of a modern democratic society. Kerala Police Academy is about to revise both the content as well as the methodology of Police training. Every person who joins Kerala Police will undergo basic training here at the Kerala Police Academy. Every trainee will be taught how to handle and use a Computer; how to drive a Jeep & Motor cycle; drill and musketry; handle and use of wireless set; to write reports; to be properly sensitized to the special need of women and children; to know much about different kinds of weapons and explosives; to handle traffic safety matters; to acquire the skills and knowledge regarding Forensic Sciences; to communicate properly on telephone; to swim under field conditions; to communicate with different groups in a non-offensive manner to be proficient in unarmed combat.
A Forensic Science Lab is here to give training in “Scientific Aids to Investigation”, cost Rs. 60 lakhs).
The Model Police Station in the Academy is a true replica of an actual police station and help trainees in role-play. This will also be a mock police station for trainees and the academy community.
Training for other Departments like Excise, Forest, Fire force, Motor Vehicles etc., is also conducting in Academy.
Modernisation of training
- Modernisation of Training means not only the modernisation of infrastructure; it also involves modernisation of the syllabus and training attitudes and training methodology.
- As per GO MS 192/04 dt 19-5-2004, the syllabus of Basic Training of the Constabulary was thoroughly revised.
- The total number of periods was 1750. This was increased to 2170 periods.
- The daily schedule was only for 380 minutes per day. This was increased to 430 minutes per day
Projects being implemented in Kerala Police Academy
- Aquatic Training Centre Sanctioned Rs.100 lakhs.
- Indoor Stadium estimated Cost Rs. 100 lakhs.
- Traffic Training School is sanctioned for 40 lakhs. Plans are being drawn up.
- We need Sports And Games facilities for 2000 persons. A large number of outdoor playing fields and creation of a good stadium. This may cost around 2 Cr Rs.
- We need an Aquatic Field-Training Centre to enable personnel to adapt to conditions in rivers/backwaters. This will also be useful for coastal security. Full facility with equipments will cost 1 Crore.
- We need a Modern Firing Range. Estimated cost 1 Crore.
- We need a Cyber Forensic Laboratory.
- We also need Disaster Rescue Training Centre for developing a Centre of Excellence to train Police in disaster rescue. This is a must because it is the police who reach the spot first; others come only later.
- We need a good School for the children of the staff. About 2000 Police personnel are working in the academy and surroundings and in Armed Battalion camps.
- Covered Drill Training Area -We need covered drill-training areas. For three months rains cause loss of training time which interrupts drill training. A covered drill training area at a cost of 80 lakhs is needed.