The MP state police department will work in tandem with leading foreign and Indian institutes to bring reforms in the department and enhance the way of policing.
The collaborations are a part of the recently established research and development (R&D) cell under the aegis of the director general of police (DGP) Rishi Kumar Shukla.
The R&D cell, which is one of the first-of-its-kind, will conduct research on various aspects of policing in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and National Law University (NLU), Delhi.
“As MIT has a well renowned Abdul Latif Jameel poverty action laboratory which researches on many development goals for the world, we decided to approach them to research new and better policing ways,” said Vinit Kapoor, superintendent of police (SP) and state co-ordinator of R&D cell.
He said the research work with MIT will focus on action research related to development to enhance capacity building of the police department.
“The research programme with MIT will emphasise on the newly-recruited sub-inspectors (SI). It will help bring about a change in the behavior of the policemen with the public.”
The R&D cell will work with TISS to conduct research on the accessibility of justice to the marginalised section of the society like women, minorities, SC &STs. The research will help the police in addressing their grievances in a better way and increase their accessibility to these sections, said Kapoor.
The NLU will help in researching the perception of safety among the public. It will also research the usage of cyber investigation tools at the police station level.
“At present, the police are working on anecdotes and perceptions, but the R&D cell will help the working of the police to go from anecdote-based to research-based policies,” added Kapoor.
DGP Shukla said the R&D cell will help the department in having a research-based data to make effective polices.