Delhi Police trains PCR personnel to use modern weapons

Delhi police has started training its personnel for using the newly inducted sophisticated weapons in Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles — the first responders to any crime incident or distress call.

While most Delhi policemen deployed in VIP security, particularly for MPs and MLAs, wield highly sophisticated weapons, the personnel deployed in PCR vehicles still have to make do with outdated weapons.

For over two decades, Delhi's PCR vehicles have been using outdated stenguns, most of which were used during the World War II. To rectify this, police recently inducted new weapons — glock pistols and MP5 sub-machine guns — for its 540-strong fleet of PCR vehicles.

Considered to be one of the best combat guns, glock pistols are mechanically accurate, durable and reliable. Similarly, MP5 sub-machine guns are also known worldwide for their efficiency and accuracy.

These new weapons, which have been currently deployed in 200 vehicles, will be given to the entire fleet, sources said.

The first batch, comprising 66 personnel, has already started their comprehensive training in theory and musketry at the Delhi Police's school in New Police Lines.

This will be followed with practical sessions, where the policemen will be taught the finer details of firing the weapons.

"We want to familiarise the personnel with the new weapons to ensure their personal safety as well as that of the public. The new weapons are much safer as the chances of firing them accidentally are almost negligible. Moreover, they are highly efficient as they have an in-built system of delayed recoiling. This ensures that the arm of the gunman remains steady and his aim accurate," Special Commissioner of Police (Operations) T N Mohan told Newsline.

Currently, the trainees are being taught how to safely re-assemble the guns, to fire, the safety measures required, and cleaning and maintaining of guns.

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