Coastal police to train staff in sea combat and patrolling
The visit by US President Barrack Obama has brought to the fore the coastal police’s grossly inadequate training in sea combat and other areas. The coastal police are now planning to conduct training sessions for their men in sea patrolling and sea warfare.mumbai Updated: Nov 14, 2010 01:45 IST
The visit by US President Barrack Obama has brought to the fore the coastal police’s grossly inadequate training in sea combat and other areas. The coastal police are now planning to conduct training sessions for their men in sea patrolling and sea warfare.
For security while Obama was here, the coastal police had called in two boats from Thane, two from Raigad, one from Ratnagiri and one from Navi Mumbai. Each speedboat had on board one inspector and four constables along with the driver.
The police speedboats were on guard at all 54 landing points along Mumbai’s coast.
But, during the large-scale bandobast, the police realised that their personnel were not even trained in simple things like reading sea maps (longitudes and latitudes).
“The personnel did not even know how to fix the needle of the GPS systems to indicate longitude and altitude which is basic in marine policing,” said Quaiser Khalid, deputy commissioner of police (port zone).
Officers also said that coastal police personnel were not trained to re-fix the radar and if they were deep in the sea they could have gone even further away.
“The captain of the boat fixes the radar on the shore but it needs to be re-fixed in deep waters,” said a police officer from the coastal police.
“The personnel are not trained to fix the radar or communication systems,” said an officer from the coastal police of Versova Sagri police station.
To solve this problem the coastal police have decided to give a month’s training to their personnel in co-ordination with Navy and coast guard. “
We will also train the personnel to blow up life jackets and will give them lessons in swimming, operating the GPS system and other basic operations,” Khalid said.
Apart from training problems there are other shortcomings.
The coastal police do not have a jetty to park speedboats and there is no technical team in Mumbai to repair even small damages to speed-boats.
“The Goa shipping yard mechanics take more than 15 sdays to come to Mumbai even for small repairs,” the officer said.
The coastal police also have a vacancy of 500 men in the force.
“Each officer has to stay on the speedboat for 12 hours in the sea,” the officer added.
“Coastal policing is a new area for Mumbai and would take time for the personnel to learn,” Khalid said.