Staff Reporter

10 police personnel participate in three-day workshop

Noted writers interact with police officials
Effort to be made to get work published

Bangalore: “… I visited Dileep at the rehabilitation centre and was happy to see he was doing well. He had kicked the habit and was now helping others his age do the same…”

This was from one of the stories written by a woman assistant sub-inspector of police that was read out at the end of a three-day workshop at the Armed Police Training School here on Saturday. The unique “Writers’ workshop” for police personnel was organised under the Gender Sensitisation and People-friendly Police (GSPP) Project, which is a partnership between the Karnataka State Police and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

First time

As many as 10 police personnel, including police constables, head constables and assistant sub-inspectors, took part in the workshop. Such a workshop was being held for the first time in the country, said Anasuya Sengupta, State Coordinator, GSPP Project.

The workshop was conducted in collaboration with Saarathi, a Bangalore-based media organisation. Noted writers interacted with police officials from across the State. “We thought it would be unique to bring together established writers and police personnel. Established writers also have a very lay view of the police system. The interaction helped police personnel learn the technicalities of writing so that they could try to write about the system from within it,” said Ms. Sengupta.

Follow-up

The workshop was not one of those that ended with just an interaction. “We have asked all the participants to go back and revise their work. We are looking forward to creating a pool of writing from the workshop. We hope to get their work published in the print media. We are also exploring the possibility of adapting their work to suit other media, such as plays for the radio or the theatre,” she added.

Yamuna Murthy, former Director of All India Radio (AIR) and theatre person, said that participating in the workshop had helped her realise the constraints and pressure under which the police work.

“There is a lot of prejudice among the public. Such workshops help dispel the wrong preconceived notions and show the police in a more humane light,” she said.

Shobha N. Bhosale, an assistant sub-inspector of police, Jamkhandi Town Police Station, Bagalkote, said that the workshop had helped empower police personnel with writing skills.

“We can now write, which will serve as an outlet for our thoughts. It will also help the public realise the kind of pressure we work under and will bring us closer,” she said.

Ms. Sengupta said that the GSPP Project began in 2001, and training for police personnel at all levels began in 2003.

“During the course of the project, we realised that police personnel are very creative. Such workshops will help them channel that creativity and share their experiences in a skilful manner, while maintaining confidentiality,” she added.

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