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CBI’s elite training facility goes global

From providing skills in the craft of intelligence to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials, to instructing Meghalaya police teams in the art of probing graft cases, this training hub does it all, reports Abhishek Sharan.

delhi Updated: Feb 08, 2010 00:31 IST
Abhishek Sharan

From providing skills in the craft of intelligence to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials, to instructing Meghalaya police teams in the art of probing graft cases, this training hub does it all.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Academy, located in Ghaziabad, offered a record number of diverse skills to officers/constables working with the agency, other central enforcement organisations, other police organisations in the country and abroad, last year.

The training facility conducted 194 training courses for around 5,000trainees in 2009.

Among these were trainees from Cambodia, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

As part of the Academy’s exchange programme with several other countries’ enforcement organisations, tutors had come here from the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance (OATA), US.

The OATA instructors, said CBI spokesperson Harsh Bhal, conducted a course in ‘Identifying and Developing Investigative Information’ for senior officers from the CBI, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and several states.

The Academy relies on in-house instructors with extensive experience in their areas of specialisation, apart from inviting guest instructors.

“The CBI Academy is evolving into a centre of excellence. In 2008, it had only 124 courses for around 3,000 trainees, but we have improved in 2009,” said Bhal.

The Academy, spread across 26.5 acres, includes residential/hostel accommodations for trainees.

Among the Academy’s new capacity building initiatives last year were introduction of the Embedded Master Trainers (EMT) programme, under which it sent its police trainers to several other states, including Mizoram.

Further, the Academy also began its Distance Learning Programme last year, that that now offers CBI investigators from across the country a chance to avail of its training courses.

The Academy organised refresher courses for a total of 542 teams, out of a total of 557 teams, of the CBI in 2009.