: In a bid to enhance the seamanship of its personnel, the Coastal Security Group of the Tamil Nadu police has roped in the expertise of the Coast Guard.
After weeks of strenuous training in seamanship, survival tactics, anti-pirate operations and navigational skills, the first batch of 60 police personnel in different ranks were designated as ‘skippers’ and given charge of boat operations.
The CSG has jurisdiction over 12 nautical miles of territorial waters spanning along 1,076 km coastline between Tiruvallur and Kanyakumari. The force has 24 Fast Interceptor Boats and 14 small boats on it fleet and another 19 large boats were in the making, police sources said on Tuesday.
The need for police personnel getting exposed to boat operations and other security exercises at sea gained momentum in the post 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
“We identified police personnel with a degree/diploma in mechanical engineering and included them in the first batch of sixty trainees. They were also exposed to scuba diving…besides effective patrolling, these skills will help in search and rescue operations,” Additional Director-General of Police (CSG) C. Sylendra Babu told The Hindu .
Dr. Babu said the training programme would be a continuing process. While 12 marine police stations were already functioning in coastal districts, the Chief Minister had announced establishment of 30 more. “Tamil Nadu will soon have the largest number of Marine Police stations in the country. The policemen trained by the Coast Guard and designated as Skippers would be permanently posted in the CSG.”