Change in Training System Due to Terrorism and Naxalism
The changes carried out in the training system imparted by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVP NPA), Hyderabad to Indian Police Service Officers Trainees are as follows:
(i) Introduction of a new subject “Internal Security” since 2011.
(ii) Revision and updation of the subject of “Field Craft and tactics”, and increasing its marks from 50 to 200 since 2011 thus emphasizing the importance of application of knowledge and skills to counter and threat of terrorism/naxalism.
(iii) Establishment of Special Tactics Wing in the Academy since 2009 which imparts specialized practical training to the Officer Trainees to prepare them for the challenges related to countering terrorism/naxalism;
(iv) Fine-tuning of the syllabus at micro level on annual basis as per the challenges arising in the field.
The Central Government and its various agencies organize a number of training programmes for Indian Administrative Service officers, Indian Police Service Officers as well as State Police and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel on a continuous basis on various aspects of Left Wing Extremist/terrorist operations. Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie provides inputs on Law and Order, National Security and developmental challenges to the officers. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad provides training to senior police officers of various States and CAPFs to fight with the naxalites/terrorists and to face the challenges of Internal Security. North Eastern Police Academy, Meghalaya provides training on Counter-Insurgency and anti-Naxal operations to police officers. Most State Police Forces have set up their own training institutions also to impart comprehensive training to their forces.
Indian Police Service Officer Trainees are attached with Greyhound Training Centre, Hyderabad for Jungle Warfare Training and Central School of Weapons & Tactics (CSWT), Indore for getting advanced training in weapons as a part of their training. The SVP NPA has also taken the initiative of conducting tailor-made tactical courses for various State Police Academies.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Harivansh in the Rajya Sabha today.