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Catching up with times

TAKING A break from the routine police work, city police officials are undergoing an intensive refresher course training to enrich their knowledge.

Ranging from interrogation methods to advanced investigation skills, the tailor-made course also makes the officials familiar with the latest court rulings.

With criminals often adopting novel and clueless ways to commit offences, the need for shedding conventional probing techniques and applying scientific methods has become imperative for policemen.

Though it was a long-felt need, a series of events, such as the Thevar jayanti celebrations, Deepavali and Babri Masjid demolition anniversary, kept the law-enforcing agencies on their tenterhooks leaving hardly any time for training.

"Despite hectic schedules, we have no other option but to catch up with latest advancements in scientific investigation and modern policing trends. Experts from various departments have been roped in to provide a comprehensive training. All Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors in the city police are undergoing the course in five batches," says the Commissioner of Police, Vijay Kumar.

During the two-day training sessions, the participants are taught latest court rulings, developments in forensic medicine and application of DNA and information technology in busting crimes. "We are also focussing on behavioural aspects. The officials will be trained in adopting effective interrogation methods and avoiding use of mental or physical torture for extracting truth from suspects," he adds.

The training package includes a special emphasis on crime against women.

A panel of women activists presents case studies and also points out where the police could have handled the cases better. The provisions under the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women (Amendment) Act, 2002, are also highlighted.

"There is an encouraging response from the participants. A majority of them asks questions after the lecture. Retired police officials are also invited to speak on the process of registering the first information report (FIR), recording dying declaration and crime scene investigation. This is anyway going to be a continuing process," says the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Prohibition Enforcement Wing), S. D. Rajendran, who is also the nodal officer for the programme.

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