The Mumbai police’s hostage negotiation training programme began at the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) Police station on Monday.
With this, the Mumbai police are all set to become the pioneer among the country’s civilian police forces to have a team of trained officers who can be used in negotiating critical hostage situations.
Two trainers from the Scotland Yard, who arrived in the city on Sunday, will impart training for 12 days. The police refused to disclose their names for security reasons.
Additional commissioner of police, West region, Amitabh Gupta said on Monday that as many as 12 officers from the Mumbai police are undergoing training.
“We want to create a pool (of men) so that they can be engaged in multiple crisis situations, if the need arose,” Gupta said.
He added that those undergoing training also include several woman police officers.
Last year, inspector Shalini Sharma from the Mumbai police crime branch underwent the special training course in hostage negotiation at the Scotland Yard Academy in England.
Gupta said the Mumbai police are poised to join a select group of police forces across the country after the training. “Only countries such as the US, UK and Australia have such a facility,” he added.
Negotiations are more of psychological exercise than strict policing. “It is more like disarming a person without threat or coercion, but through discussions and psychological one-upmanship,” said an officer, who is part of the present team undergoing training.
Gupta said the identity of the officers would not be made public to give them the required anonymity in a crisis situation. “They would be given postings as any average policeman. They will be called when the need arises,” Gupta said.