KOCHI: Koothattukulam police had a different agenda last week. Giving a break to their khakhi uniforms, police personnel from the station gathered at their aquaculture farm, nurtured with the support of residents during the lockdown, for harvesting.
Policemen had put tilapia fish in a man-made pond adjacent to the police quarters here and it was looked after by them and members of the janamaithri samithi attached to the police quarter here. District police chief K Karthick joined the policemen during the harvest.
“There were more than 750 large fishes. We used to take care of it during our free time. It was also a community policing initiative as the residents were also part of it,” said K R Mohandas, SHO Koothattukulam police station.
On harvest day, senior police officers, including DSP K Anilkumar, residents association members and janamaithri beat officers, were present.
SP Karthick said the initiative intends to give a model for the public to follow. “The only way to ensure that we get fresh food is to cultivate them by ourselves. We have to be self-reliant especially during such times. We are sending message through this simple initiative,” he said.
The rural police had earlier launched an online ‘kitchen garden challenge’, in which the cops had challenged residents to send them pictures of their garden. The challenge received a great response and the pictures got featured on the rural police’s social media handles. As part of the challenge, vegetable gardens were set up on the police station premises as well.
“The catch was distributed to residents who pre-booked them. The initiative has improved the bond between police and people,” said Mohandas.