As part of their mid-career refresher course to hone their policing skills, about 100 senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers on Monday begin training at the University of Cambridge in the UK.
"During the two-week training, officers of British internal secret service agency (MI5) and external secret service agency (MI6) will share their professional experience and expertise with the IPS officers who are in ranks of deputy inspector general and inspector general," Director of Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad Rajiv Mathur told the Hindustan Times.
The ministry of home affairs had, in March 2010, awarded the contract for training of mid-career IPS officers to Cambridge University in partnership with the OP Jindal Global University, Haryana.
The training is aimed at enhancing the IPS officers' professional and leadership skills by exposing them to the best international practices in the field of policing. This, in turn, will enable the IPS officers fulfil the needs of a modern democratic society.
"This is the second leg of the training programme after the IPS officers completed their six-week training at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad on December 30," vice-chancellor of OP Jindal Global University C Raj Kumar said.
IPS officers of batches from 1991 to 1994 underwent intensive training and workshop sessions at the NPA, which was followed by weekly examinations and assessments. Each participant was also required to prepare a "Strategic Leadership Case" presentation for an all-course competition.
"It was an excellent training programme conducted by experts from Cambridge University, OP Jindal Global University as also from the United States," Mathur said.
Giving details of the training in the UK, professor Kumar said: "The officers will meet Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Chief Officers of New Scotland Yard and the West Midlands Police during their stay. They will also visit police communications and command centres, prisons and courts around England."