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Punjab police holds passing-out parade for 488 women police recruits in Patiala

The recruits who belong to various districts of the state, went through rigourous 9 month training.

punjab Updated: Oct 27, 2017 10:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Patiala
Patiala,Women police,New recruits
The new recruits showing their martial arts skills during the passing out parade at the commando training centre in Qila Bahadurgarh, near Patiala on Thursday(Bharat Bhushan)

Punjab Police held a passing-out parade of 488 newly recruited women constables, who underwent training at the Commando Training Centre at Bahadurgarh Fort here on Thursday. Inspector general of police (IGP), commando, Jatinder Kumar Jain was the chief guest on the occasion.

Aged between 18 and 25, the constables were given basic training during the nine-month course at the centre. IGP Jain said, “This is the first batch of women police recruits trained at the centre. The girls, from various districts in the state, joined the course in January 2016 and underwent rigorous 9-month training. They showed immense talent and devotion during the session.”

“We trained them here because we wanted to improve the quality of women commandos in the police force. They have been given indoor and outdoor training. They’ve been given world class training,” he said.

Most of the recruits are graduates or postgraduates in different streams, including literature, political science, journalism, engineering and LLB. The recruits took up courses of commando obstructers, weapon handling and firing at the centre. The height of the recruits ranges between 5.3 foot and 6.1 foot.

Uttam Chand, has been training commandos for 10 years, said that he found no difference in training men or women. “They have performed very well. The young girls are at par with our male recruits.”

“Their day used to being with physical training, followed by parade, weapon and other field training. We have trained them in using various weapons, including self-loading rifles (SLRs), pistols, light machine guns (LMGs), rifle grenade, and various other weapons”. Trainers said that the recruits will be given further training after they are selected by the officers.

Jagdeep Kaur, one of the trainees, said she wants to become an IAS officer. “This was the initial phase. I feel a tremendous change in my life. Trainers were helpful and taught us aboutlaws, which will help us in life.”

Another recruit Damanpreet, MA in political science, hailing from Fatehgarh Sahib, aims to work for the people of the state. “Most of my family members are abroad. I always wanted to work in the police force in Punjab. So, I grabbed this opportunity.Now that I’m well-equipped and trained, I am ready to serve my country," she said.

Officials said that the next batch of recruits will begin training from November.

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 10:43 IST