AP police gets IACP award for drive against human trafficking



Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh police has been awarded 'Webber Seavey International Association of Chiefs of Police award' for 2009 for bringing down human trafficking in and outside the state, a top police official said on wednesday.

Andhra Pradesh has taken a lead in anti-human trafficking by conducting rescue operations within and outside the state, state DGP R R Girish Kumar told media persons.

In a special drive taken up by the state police, 65 traffickers were imprisoned from 4 to 14 years in 16 cases, he said.

The award was announced by The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for AP police in November. The award was to be received in a function in US, but no representative could be sent due to the floods in the state during that period.

Law enforcement programs are recognised for their effectiveness by IACP, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia with over 14,000 members representing 74 nations.

The DGP said 182 cases of trafficking were registered in the year and 326 victims including 9 minor girls were rescued besides arresting 360 traffickers and 182 customers. Saying that overall crime situation in the state is under control, Girish Kumar expressed concern on the reported incidents of counterfeit currency cases.

He said 147 persons involved in the fake currency cases were arrested till November 9 and fake currency at face value of Rs 10.10 crore was seized.

Talking on the general crime scenario, the DGP said 1.55 lakh cognisable crimes were reported this year as compared to 1.65 lakh cases in 2008.

PTI