Hyderabad: A separate and independent marine police wing will be formed under the Control of Marine Police, Visakhapatnam, on the lines of Railway Police.
The Government has issued GO on Tuesday in this regard. According to the GO, the Director General of Police has informed the state government that a conference of Directors General of Police / Inspectors General of Police of all states/UTs was held at New Delhi on 14th – 16th Sep, 2009 in order to review the progress on various subjects like Left Wing extremism, Terrorism, Coastal Security etc., and the conference issued certain recommendations to implement the same. Of these, formation of a separate and independent Marine Police wing is one of the recommendations of the conference. While giving the details of formation and objectives of Coastal Security Scheme (CSS) and its implementation in the State of Andhra Pradesh, the Director General of Police, Andhra Pradesh, has stated that there are 508 Marine Fishing villages along the coast of Andhra Pradesh. As part of implementing Coastal Security Scheme, in Andhra Pradesh in first phase, 6 Marine Police Stations have been established and all are functional in the Coastal Districts of Srikakulam (Kalingapatnam), Visakhapatnam (Rushikonda), East Godavari (Vakalapudi) kakinada, Krishna (Golakaladindi) Machilipatnam, Guntur (Suryalanka) and Nellore (Dugarajapatnam).
The Director General of Police, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, has further stated that in order to make the Marine Police a capable and efficient police in policing the sea coast and sea in the territorial waters and to train them on regular basis in sea faring skills, rescue operations, patrolling, interception and to achieve aims and objectives for which the marine police has been created for, there is urgent need for formation of a separate and independent Marine Police wing to function under Inspector General of Police, Marine Police, Visakhapatnam as the unit head of the Marine Police Wing in Andhra Pradesh, bringing all the Marine Police Stations under his administrative control for Unity of command on the lines of Railway Police (GRP) as well as on the lines of Coastal Security Group in Tamilnadu. .
The Govt after careful consideration, accepted the proposal of the Director General of Police, A.P., for forming a separate and independent Marine Police Wing to work under the control of Inspector General of Police, Marine Police, Visakhapatnam.