Often accused of using outdated policing techniques and ignoring the needs of a modern democratic society, Indian Police Service (IPS) officers are all set to get world-class mid-career training by experts from the Cambridge University, UK and its Indian partner OP Jindal Global University, Haryana.
The ministry of home affairs awarded the contract for training of mid-career IPS officers to the Cambridge University and the OP Jindal Global University, following an agreement signed at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad in March 2010.
"The first-ever such training will begin at the National Police Academy, Hyderabad on Monday, November 22, 2010 and will continue for six weeks," OP Jindal Global University vice chancellor professor C Raj Kumar told the Hindustan Times.
"It will be followed by the second leg of the training programme at the Cambridge University for two weeks," Kumar said, adding that a separate agreement had been signed between OP Jindal Global University and Cambridge University to execute the training programme.
"One hundred and twenty IPS officers from 1991 to 1994 batch are taking part in the phase-IV training programme aimed at enhancing their professional and leadership skills by exposing them to the best international practices in the field of policing," National Police Academy director Rajiv Mathur told HT on phone from Hyderabad, adding "human rights also forms part of the training."
Kumar said: "The partnership between OP Jindal Global University and University of Cambridge is a unique and historic partnership that will pave the way for conducting training programmes for senior police officers at the level of IGs and DIGs of police for the next three years."
Prof Lawrence Sherman, director, Police Executive Programme, University of Cambridge said, "Developing criminology in the world's largest democracy by integrating knowledge and practice on a broad scale at the highest level of the police institution was a major step forward in the history of criminology."
Kumar said the government's decision to ask Cambridge and Jindal universities to train mid-career IPS officers underscored the importance of institutional collaboration "that commits itself to rigorous teaching, research and capacity building on issues relating to policing and criminal justice, with international and comparative perspectives."