Completion of mid-career training programmes will soon be made mandatory for promotions of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers as it has been for IAS officers since 2006.
IPS officers, like their IAS counterparts, complete Phase-I and II training at the time of induction and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is going ahead with the plan to introduce Phase-III, IV and V training programmes soon.
The MHA has already invited Expression of Interest from reputed academies and training institutes for the mid-career training of IPS officers. The selected institute would be required to undertake the design, development and delivery of one or more of the three phases of the proposed training.
A background note circulated by the MHA among the IPS officers on the proposed programme said: “Given the highly responsible and critical positions that officers are required to hold, it is imperative that they possess the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to discharge their responsibilities effectively. The current system of in-service training has not proved adequate for the purpose. With this in mind, it is proposed to have a modified system of mid-career training that would be more intensive and would enable them to acquire ‘next level competency’. Performance in these mid-career programmes would be evaluated and satisfactory completion of the programme would be a pre-condition for officers to get promoted to higher positions. Actual performance may also be taken into account in deciding some of their placements or selection for special assignments.”
Under the proposals, Phase-III training would be introduced within 7-9 years of an officer’s service. The third phase, according to the background note, would intend to build upon the field exposure and experience gained by the officer in the initial years of his service following his elaborate and lengthy training programme and help him improve his personal performance levels.
The topics would include latest advancements in forensic science and their application, procedure and protocols, crime investigation, latest technologies harvested for police working (GPS, biometrics, night-vision devices, thermal imaging, radio scanning, nuclear physics, passenger profiling, voice stress analysis), case study of complicated real case files, Left Wing extremism and government response, important issues on national security and internal security etc.
The Phase-IV training would be for officers who have completed 14 years of service. “This phase is intended to help them consolidate their experiences and help them analyse the current practices in developed countries in the light of the requirements of a modern police management at the top level. Emphasis would be on helping them on their skills in human resources management, strategic planning, planning, directing and team building,” the note said.
Phase V (between 24-26 years of service) is meant for officers who would be expected to occupy the top positions in police and other government departments. The idea is to broaden their worldview and invest them with conceptual management skills suitable for a world-class organisation head, not restricted to managing a police force alone.
A senior IPS officer told HT: “Several reputed institutes from within the country and abroad have already responded. The screening process is being done by the National Police Academy at Hyderabad. After the institute/s is/are selected, the mid-career training programme will be introduced soon.”