Training paved way for better understanding between police personnel, their spouses

A pilot project on stress management, taken up for police personnel in Madurai district, was successful in bringing peace to their homes.

The extensive training has transformed life for 40 police families by injecting positive energy into them and empowering them with coping skills. The experiences shared by those who attended the orientation programme on Saturday indicated that the spouses of police personnel are able to realise the tough nature of policing job and that they have decided to be an army of change agents.

The Madurai District Police and M.S.Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation jointly arranged the training programme on stress management for personal effectiveness for police personnel from July 6.

At the valedictory function held on Saturday, the spouses and family members of the police personnel became emotional as they openly said peace and happiness were scarce in their homes all these days. “I can understand the work pressure of my husband. Since he comes home late, we used to quarrel often, but this training made our life peaceful,” said Sandhya, wife of a policeman.

Another policeman’s spouse, Mahalakshmi, said during the programme the resource persons helped the couples improve understanding. Sami, one among the participants, stated that he could correct his mistakes and think positive.

Another participant, Soudhamani, was all smiles since tension at home became a thing of the past.

While Selvarani was thankful to the Police Department for helping her end problems at home, another woman, Jothilakshmi, said she feels sympathetic for her husband whose duty timings were irregular.

K.S.P.Janardhan Babu, director (programmes), M.S.Chellamuthu Trust, said 40 policemen were selected to undergo stress management training along with their wives and children.

After pre-assessment tests, they were taught how to cope with stress, manage relationships, handle emotions, make decisions, solve problems, communicate effectively and set goals in life. A basic health check-up was also conducted for them.

V.Balakrishnan, Superintendent of Police, Madurai, said the success of this pilot project would be explained to the State Government through a set of recommendations. “Only when the police personnel are relaxed and their families are supportive, the public can benefit,” he added.

N.Mohan, Dean, Government Rajaji Hospital, said job-related tension spoilt inter-personal relations everywhere and stressful life was always dangerous.

B.T.Bangera, Managing Director, Hi-Tech Arai, welcomed the initiative taken by the district police. “The police are the pulse of the city. My appeal is to institutionalise stress management training at the State level,” he said.

A.Mylvaganan, Additional Superintendent of Police, expressed hope that the training would be a turning point in the lives of police personnel.

Senior faculty of Madurai Medical College Dr.Advaitham and Dr.C.Ramasubramanian, State Nodal Officer, Mental Health Programme, also spoke.

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