Ahmedabad: Gujarat`s police force was the youngest in the country and the crime rate in the state was the lowest, Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.
Modi was speaking at the passing-out parade at Gujarat`s Police Academy at Karai near here.
The trainees comprised 61 deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) including 20 women, 177 police sub-inspectors, 116 women Lok Rakshak and 33 intelligence officers.
Modi said that youths with technical knowledge and computer skills have joined the police force of Gujarat. "Gujarat`s police force is the youngest in India," he said.
He added that credit for maintaining the atmosphere of peace, and law and order during last decade went to the state police.
"The crime rate in the state is the lowest in country," Modi said, adding that Gujarat had not had a single instance of curfew in the last ten years.
He also alleged that Centre tried to demoralise the state police, in an apparent reference to arrests of senior police officers by the CBI in various fake encounter cases.
In a short span, nearly 26,000 recruitments have been made in Gujarat police force in various cadres, an official statement said, adding that highly qualified candidates, including doctors, engineers, and post-graduates had chosen the career in the police force.
Even the girls were opting for career in the police force, it said.