Sher-i-Kashmir Police Academy (SKPA) Udhampur is not less than a deemed university. Police officers taking training there have to go through various research projects to study the new technology used by police force of other countries and have to study what kind of new techniques terrorists could be preparing.
Situated on the area of 2200 kanals at Udhampur, SKPA was established in 1981 as a police training college and was updated to the level of academy in 1998. The academy has the roof accommodation for about 850 trainees and 200 staff members but at present there are almost 1200 police officers of various ranks taking training.
The academy has the role to keep pace with the new challenges in view of the ground realities coming up due to the changing scenario in neighbouring countries.
Director SKPS, Inspector General of Police Navin Agarwal believes, "The changing scenario in Pakistan and China's policy towards India especially towards Jammu and Kashmir has given us the new tasks to prepare and meet new demands arriving out."
"We are doing research on various projects as what kind of policies and techniques terrorists are possibly preparing against our country," Agarwal said, adding, "China's changing policy towards our country has made us to work hard and hard."
The academy has opted more advanced technology to train police officials. A forensic science laboratory, riding school, firing range, computerised firing arms training simulator, computer lab and dog training school are also located here to achieve the perfection during the training.
During the training the officials are also sensitised on human rights, police public relations, community publicizing and much more.
Agarwal informed, "We hold mock encounters within academy where the stress is given on how to save the human lives if terrorists fire at a public place. We are making it sure that officers who take training here should fully know how important the human life is how to save it."
Lady police officers in large number are also taking training in the academy and for them a women hostel has recently been inaugurated.
The SKPA has a well-equipped library where books pertaining to various subjects are available and trainees take full use of the library. Various types of sports facility has also made available for the trainees to avoid the extra burden of training and to remain fit.
Guest faculty and resource persons from within and outside state are invited to SKPA to deliver lectures and impart training on cyber crime, VVIP security, community policing, man management, behavioural sciences and other important aspects of policing.
Residence of director of academy has been made functional in the campus so that a relationship between trainees and director could become strong.
During the year 2008-09, a total of 3764 police officials were imparted training. Out of these, 304 were trained in basic induction courses, 1465 in pre-promotional and 1995 in specialized courses.
The academy is also acquiring more land so that more facilities could be provided to trainees and more and more courses could be started in the campus.