Police commissioner Arup Patnaik and deputy inspector general of police Sadanand Date, who heads the Force One commando unit, left for the US on Thursday to undergo a Federal Bureau of Investigation-organised counter-terrorism training course.
Patnaik, who was part of a state home department delegation, including home minister RR Patil and additional chief secretary (home), had returned to the city after a week-long trip to London. The delegation was in the UK to study the working of the Scotland Yard’s CCTV surveillance system in London.
Sources said both Patnaik and Date are part of a 30-member team, which has been selected from the internal security establishments across the country by the FBI. The team also includes officials from the National Security Guard and central intelligence agencies.
The team will attend a week-long course on ‘Tactical Response to Critical Situation’ at the FBI’s SWAT centre as well as the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT academy. “The course has been prepared by the FBI to train Indian police officials for effectively dealing with critical situations that arises mainly during a terror strike,” a source said.