Police Photographic Bureau
Photographic Bureau in Kerala Police was started in 1935. The first Chief Photographer took charge during 1956. Photographic Bureau started functioning in the newly constructed building under the Inspector General of Police, SCRB since June 3, 1998.
- Each Photographer is functioning in each District Police Office, City Police Office, FSL HQrs. and CB CID HQrs. The Photographic Bureau which functions under SCRB, where three posts of Photographer exists, in addition to the Chief Photographer. There are total 23 sanctioned posts of Photographers in the department. The qualification prescribed for entry level is professional degree as per the prevailing Special Rules that govern in the field. The posts in Kannur, Kasaragod, Kozhikkode, and Malappuram remain vacant. The vacancies have been reported to the Kerala Public Service Commission and the selection process is underway.
- From the year 2005 onwards the District Photographic Bureaus have been computerised. The Department has purchased new Digital SLR Cameras and related equipments, The Office buildings were renovated.
- During the year 2008, a Digital Combo Colour Lab has been set up. Crime scenes and related matters are sent through Tapal to the State Photographic Bureau which inturn printed and sent back to the District Bureaus. But the Digital Colour Lab is not functioning properly due to some technical reasons. Action is being taken to set right its deficiencies.
- The Digital Cameras and accessories purchased during 2005 & 2008 have become obsolete due to continuous use and advancement of new technology in this sector. Therefore, it is necessary to acquire new generation Cameras and accessories for the betterment of the Photographic Bureau in the Department.
Duty of Photographers
The nature of duty attached to the post is highly technical in nature and requires more skill and professionalism. The duty and responsibility of the post of Photographers in the police department involves collecting valuable evidence from the scene of crime, Murder scene Photography, Unnatural death Photography, Etching Photography, Document Photography, Finger print Photography, Signature ,Handwriting, Cheques Promissory Notes , Photography on documents Photography of raids alcoholic hide out and scenes and scenes of unauthorized activities, Traffic Violations, Accidents, Riots, Processions, Dharna, Lathy charges, Strikes huge crowed gathering in Public Places, VVIP duties, Huge mass gathering celebration Developing and printing of various chemicals, Government and departmental functions Data Collections of active criminals. Of late the un precedent increase in the cyber crimes in par with the modern technological advancement in a major threats to society at large. Similarly the Crime related mobile phone also collecting evidence in the Bureau. The Photographer also imparts training to Station House Officers in the state.