Origin & Growth

SPC traces its origins to ‘Janakeeyam’ an interactive workshop in 2006 for Police Officers and school-level NSS volunteers by Kochi City Police. During the event, more than 400 high school students from 30 local schools interacted with police officers, engaging in wide-ranging discussions on community issues and visiting police stations. During these discussions, the students expressed a desire to have a permanent arrangement for ongoing communication with the police.

Realizing the long-term advantages to society of a permanent school level police youth liaison mechanism, Shri P. Vijayan IPS, (City Commissioner at that time) initiated a pilot SPC program at GVHSS (Iringol) on October 28, 2008, followed by similar programs at St. Peter’s School (Kolenchery) and GHSS (Aleppy). Within a short time, positive results began to be seen among the student community, with significant improvement in academic performance of students, tackling of school-level deviant behavior by police with the help of students themselves, empowerment of girl students to resist exploitation, etc.Thereupon, it was decided to test the Program in a wider public setting. Accordingly, Police-trained squads of student cadets were groomed as volunteers for the annual state school youth festival at Kozhikode, Kerala. Assistance provided by these trained cadets in areas of crowd control and related responsibilities during the festival convinced the authorities that school-going youth could well be groomed as future pillars of the community.

Government of Kerala constituted a high-level committee under Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala, Shri K Jayakumar (IAS) and State Police Chief Shri Jacob Punnoose IPS to develop a formal school–level youth empowerment program in 2010. Shri P. Vijayan IPS developed a blueprint for a program to be launched in schools across the state. On the basis of this report, Government of Kerala issued GO (P) 121/2010/Home dated 29-05-2010, with the stated objective of moulding a generation of law-abiding, socially committed and service-oriented youth. A state-level Advisory Committee was constituted with Sri. Jacob Punnoose IPS (DGP-Kerala) as Chairman, senior Government officials as members, and Sri P Vijayan IPS as State Nodal Officer for the SPC Project. An initial decision was taken to implement the project in 100 selected schools across Kerala, to commence in the month of August 2010.

Subsequently, the number of SPC schools and cadets undergoing training has increased year-on-year, driven by increasing demand from communities and stakeholders across the state