The aim of Madhya Pradesh police is improving, and by leaps and bounds. No longer will the cop miss, but most likely bring down the target with a single shot.
Thanks to the firing range simulator at the police training college (PTC), set up around two years back, the marksmanship of the new constable recruits of state police has taken a positive turn.
Deputy superintendent of police (DPR) Daniel Joseph, who is honing the shooting skills of the recruits at the PTC, says: "The accuracy of the trainee constables has improved and the average score is now 90 to 95%. Earlier when one did shooting only in the range, it was wallowing at around 50%."
The accuracy in shooting is not restricted to the male trainee constables only; the women trainee constables are also hitting the target on a consistent basis. "The accuracy of the female recruits is at par with their male counterparts," the DSP said.
Six shooters can practice at one time. There is a choice of weapons between the INSAS and the pistol, and the recruit gets five shots per round. It is simply not target shooting; there are other simulation exercises like shooting down a moving helicopter or bringing down a hidden terrorist who suddenly appears on the screen.
The reasons for the improvement are obvious; the trainees now are getting more time to improve their shooting skills at the simulator and also mending their technical flaws before going out to the firing range.
"What is most important is that the trainees are able to get an instant feedback of what exactly they did wrong at the simulator. Earlier, they only got their scores at the shooting range, and rectifying their mistake was more difficult," the DSP added.
Superintendent of police (PTC) Manisha Pathak Soni agreed that shooting skills have improved, especially among woman. "We all had fear of the firing range during the training, but thanks to the simulator it is absent among the new recruits. Moreover, shooting at the simulator does not cost anything and is immune to vagaries of nature."