Thiruvananthapuram: The Vigilance Special Cell SP, R. Nishanthini, has been appointed as the Commandant of newly-formed Women Battalion in the Kerala Police. The government has decided to form the Women Battalion in the wake of rising criminal assaults against women and children in the State.
Nishanthini belongs to the IPS batch of 2008. Earlier, she had held positions as Deputy Commissioner, Kochi, Police Superintendent, Thrissur and Commissioner, Thrissur.
With a view to increasing the representation of women in the police department to 15 per cent, the government had decided to create 2,160 new posts of women police officers. Currently, the State has 3,724 women police officers. This is merely six per cent of the police force in the State.
Around 1,252 police officers were appointed from various battalions to the vacant posts in police stations. It has also been decided to fill the vacancies that exist due to the shifting of officers in the battalions through the PSC.