The Kerala Police is the law enforcement agency for the Indian state of Kerala. Kerala Police has its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital. The motto of the force is "Mridhu Bhave Dhrida Kruthye" which means "Soft in Temperament, Firm in Action" in Sanskrit.
|Kerala State Police|
|Motto||മൃദു ഭാവെ ദൃഢ കൃത്യേ|
Mridhu Bhave Dhrida Kruthye
"Soft in Temperament, Firm in Action"
|Annual budget||₹4,406 crore (US$580 million) (2021–22 est.)|
|Operations jurisdiction||Kerala, IN|
|Legal jurisdiction||State of Kerala|
|Governing body||Government of Kerala|
|Headquarters||Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala – 695010|
Map of Kerala Police Department's jurisdiction. The map on left shows Kerala in India and on right shows the State with Thiruvananthapuram district in red.
Prior to independence, the Kerala Police was governed by different administrations.
|State Police Chief|
There is a section known as the General Executive working in the police stations in Kerala.
|Rank||Director General of Police||Additional Director General of Police[note 1]||Inspector General of Police||Deputy Inspector General of Police||Assistant Inspector General of Police / Senior Superintendent of Police||Superintendent of Police||Additional superintendent of police||Deputy superintendent of police||Assistant Superintendent of Police (Probationary Rank: 2 years of service)||Assistant Superintendent of Police (Probationary Rank: 1 year of service)|
|Rank||Inspector||Assistant inspector[note 2]||Sub-inspector||Assistant sub-inspector||Head constable[note 3]||Senior police constable
Police Naik[note 4]
The Crime Branch (CBCI) is investigating incidents of misconduct or crime at the inter-district level. The government can ask the government or the courts to take up a case with them.
The ranks in the Kerala Police range from Civil Police Officer (CPO) to DGP. Direct appointment to the posts of Civil Police Officer (CPO), Sub-Inspector of Police through Kerala PSC and to the post of ASP for IPS recruitment to Kerala cadre through UPSC Civil Service Aptitude Test.
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