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Fine-tuning personnel in counter-terrorism

B.S. Ramesh


160 officers are being trained by Major Muthanna

Specialised drills to act swiftly, accurately


BANGALORE: With the State already having a batch of 160 police personnel trained exclusively in counter terrorism, the Karnataka police have now decided to “fine tune” and reduce the response time of personnel in other units, particularly the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and quick response teams, in tackling untoward incidents.

Director-General and Inspector-General of Police S.T. Ramesh told The Hindu that 160 handpicked officers are being trained by Major Muthanna and are divided into two units — Operations and Training. All the personnel are being imparted with specialised drills to ensure they act swiftly and with accuracy against terrorists. The idea of starting such a counter-terrorism unit took shape after Bangalore witnessed two major terror incidents — the shootout at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) on December 28, 2005 in which a visiting Professor, M.C. Puri, from the Institute of Economics, IIT-Delhi, was killed and 14 injured, and the serial blasts of June 26, 2009, in which one person was killed and 20 injured.

Mr. Ramesh says the idea of shaping up the rest of the police force took root when he visited the Centre for Counter Terrorism in Kudlu, on the outskirts of Bangalore, and observed their activities. Mr. Ramesh said the economy of movement by the personnel as well as the ease with which they did routine security drills set him thinking whether the same could be replicated with the rest of the police force.

Coincidentally, the National Police Academy at Hyderabad too published a book titled One-minute Drills. Authored by the academy director K. Vijay Kumar, the book contains information on how a policeman can complete his various activities expeditiously.

These drills, Mr. Ramesh said, are mainly meant to hone in the skills of policemen and make them more efficient and also reduce their response time without affecting efficiency. The book, he said, contains sections on night drills, survival drills, jungle camps, operations, reflex, weapons and uniform.

He says the State police have purchased the book and already sent it to the KSRP, quick response teams and other units. The message to them from the police headquarters is to shape up and sharpen their skills by going through the drills.

Tips

The book, which runs into 125 pages, gives valuable nuggets of information on how to face situations and how to be better prepared. These tips can “quicken” a policeman's reaction and help him not only save lives of others, but his too.

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