Coastal police stations in district get 23 new wardens

They will be guarding the main coastline between Beypore and Elathur, says top cop

The coastal police stations in the district have got an additional strength of 23 newly recruited coastal wardens from the fishers’ community who will offer their service in improving regular patrol, coastal security and safety of tourists at beach destinations. The squad members in blue uniform will be working under Vadakara, Beypore and Vellayil coastal police stations.

There are 10 such wardens now at Beypore coastal police station considering the importance of the popular tourism destination in the district.

A woman warden too is part of the newly appointed crew here. At Vellayil, there are seven wardens who will be primarily responsible for ensuring the safety of tourists on the Kozhikode beach. At Vadakara, the service of six wardens will be used to improve local patrol and other safety and surveillance activities around the Vadakara sandbanks.

“All the newly appointed squad members are residents of Kozhikode and they are well experienced in their fields. We will mainly use their support for preventing accidents along the coastal area,” said Beypore Coastal Station House Officer Shinto P. Kurian. He said they were appointed on contract for one year and it would be reviewed on the basis of their performance.

Officials from the Coastal IG’s office said the deployment of the new wardens were made taking into account the local requirements of coastal police stations and the existing strength of policemen. The deployment of 177 trained wardens had already been completed in the State, they said.

District Police Chief (Kozhikode city) A.V. George said the service of 17 out of the 23 wardens sanctioned for Kozhikode district would be available for guarding the main coastline between Beypore and Elathur.

“As all of them are experts in swimming and rescue operations in challenging situations, we hope that they can meet our expectations in accident control and coastal surveillance,” he told The Hindu.

Mr. George also pointed out that the new wardens would be capable of doing better on the field compared to the previously appointed life guards appointed by the Tourism Department in various beach tourism destinations.

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