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Addressing a press conference on the Kerala Police Academy campus today, its Director and Inspector General of Police, Alexander Jacob, said that when completed, the Academy would be the biggest one in the country with a capacity to train 1,750 police personnel. With the completion of the first phase, the Academy would have the capacity to train 700 cadets at a time. The capacity could be doubled if separate classes are held in the morning and evening.
He said the second phase of the project would be completed in another year. With this, it would be able to train more cadets than the National Defence Academy, Pune, which is now biggest such training centre in the country. The original cost of the project was Rs.22 crores, which was to have been contributed by the State Government alone. But later, the Academy was allocated another Rs. 12 crores from the funds sanctioned by the Centre for modernisation of police. ``The Academy now has an allocation of Rs.34 crores, but I am hopeful that it can be completed with about Rs.25 crores,'' Dr. Jacob said.
There will be sufficient number of quarters and hostels for the trainees. The parade ground at the Academy will be the biggest one of the State police. There will be recreational facilities. Already, 588 personnel, including 425 women police constables and 163 sub-inspectors, have passed out of the Academy. The passing out parade of another 205 women police constables will be held on Thursday.
Replying to questions, Dr. Jacob said efforts were on to restructure the police training syllabus.
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