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Cops brush up skills

delhi Updated: Sep 07, 2010 01:12 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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With the Commonwealth Games less than a month away, the Gurgaon police force is brushing up its shooting skills at the BSF shooting range here. It is mandatory for all the 1000 police personnel to undergo training.

On Sunday, even the higher-ups like assistant commissioners' deputy commissioners, joint commissioner and the police commissioner tried their hands at weapons including revolvers, pistols, mouser guns and assault rifles such as AK-47 and M5 models.

"We generally conduct training sessions for our officers in December and January at the shooting range in the neighboring Narnaul district. But this year, since we have the Commonwealth Games in October and the onus of safety and security of the event as well as the guests is on us, we have decided to refine our skills in September itself," said Gurgaon Police Commissioner S.S. Deswal. He added that since there were various shooting ranges of the BSF, CRPF and NSG in the township, the police department would be using these venues for training personnel instead of going all the way to the Narnaul shooting range where officers from all over Haryana gathered every year. DCP (Headquarters) Kulwinder Singh said around 1,000 armed policemen would be deployed for field duties during the Games. "It is mandatory for our officers to clear the shooting training before they are assigned field duties," he added.

Recently, all 40 commandos of the newly formed four Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) for the Games underwent training at the NSG complex in Manesar.