NEW DELHI

Police officers for quality training

NEW DELHI, MARCH 24. The two-day training workshop for media on police reforms at Jamia Millia Islamia here ended today with eminent police officers pointing out that quality training and a new Police Act were the need of the hour. However, they felt there was still a lot of room for improvement within the existing system.

Kiran Bedi, who has recently returned from her assignment as adviser to the UN Secretary-General on civil police and rejoined the Delhi police, said quality training for the police force has long been a neglected subject. She recalled her own experience at the Police Training College in the Capital where even the basic equipment was missing. It was after persuading the then Union Home Minister that funds were allocated and things improved. However, she lamented that the College was falling back to the same state of neglect.

Dr. Bedi also added that instead of laying too much emphasis on human rights, the term "human security" should be used. "We have to take care of the rights of the victims also," she said.

Former retired IPS officer P.S. Bawa said there could be no excuse for the police to deviate from their duties on the pretext that laws are inadequate. However, Prakash Singh, another former senior IPS officer, cited his experience in Uttar Pradesh and said that political interference had increased so much that the top officers had been rendered ineffective in the eyes of their own subordinates. He reiterated that if reforms were not undertaken, the entire democratic structure would collapse.

The speakers also elaborated on various innovative methods of policing which have and can be undertaken within the country to improve the police performance.

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