The Project was launched in Kerala on 2 August 2010 in 127 high schools and higher secondary schools with 11,176 boys and girls, enrolled as Student Police Cadets (SPCs) and 254 teachers trained as school-level Community Police Officers (CPOs). In 2012, the project was expanded to cover a total of 249 high schools across Kerala, with a combined strength of nearly 16,000 SPCs and 500 CPOs. As of 30 November 2018, the project has covered 645 schools, and more than 96,000 students have been enrolled and 1,300 teachers have been trained. The Bureau of Police Research & Development embraced the project in year 2011 under its Micro Mission: 02 (Community Policing) and after thorough deliberation among the Micro Mission members and studying various other projects and their outcomes, the project was completed and approved by BPR&D in the year 2013. The project ultimately envisioned character building of the nation by leveraging our demographic dividend.
It was the Ministry of Home Affairs which after finding the project in-synch with the vision of New India, decided to launch it across the country. It was thought that Police-Public relationships will gain greater heights with this unique engagement among students, schools and police. A unique logo, theme song etc. were accordingly prepared and guidelines issued to the states for implementation of the programme. Funds were also released accordingly. A series of deliberations were held in Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on the national roll out and the launch of the SPC programme. Police Modernization Division co-ordinated these deliberations and guided the implementation of the programme. Governance structure, provision of finances, finalisation of guidelines and co-ordination with the State Governments were the results of these efforts. Eventually, it was decided to entrust the responsibility of implementation and monitoring of the programme to the BPR&D.