Security checks leading to jams, police to get barricade training

After receiving many complaints of long jams on many stretches in the city due to barricades being put up for security checks, Delhi Police have decided to give personnel barricade training.

Delhi Police are all set to launch a drive from Monday to train their personnel in more effective checking; to improve their behaviour while dealing with the public on road; and barricade management to ensure they are more alert and "upbeat".

"Though barricades are visible across the city, there is a perception among public that Delhi Police is not very upbeat, enthusiastic or attentive; that they are not doing anything purposeful. So, we decided to impart training in this regard," Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell and Training) S N Srivastava told Newsline.

For this, a team of Delhi Police training officers in plainclothes have been recording footage of policemen at barricades. "A film on how checking in the city is being prepared. We will show it to the participants and let them reflect on their shortcomings as well as scope of improvement — basically the good, bad and ugly," Srivastava said.

After showing them the 15-minute long film, training officials will ask for suggestions about improvements and have an open discussion with the participants to gain information and insights about the challenges they face on duty.

"We basically want them to know where, when and how checking should be done at the barricade. We also want to teach them ways of dealing with public effectively and barricade maintenance. We will give them on-ground training too. They would be taken to barricades on particularly busy stretches to teach them the nuances of road checks," he said.

The training will be held in one police station from each of the 11 districts on the first day. Ten policemen — one inspector, two upper subordinates, two head-constables and five constables — will be a part of the training from each participating police station. "Similarly, in the second phase, a different police station from each of the 11 districts will take part in the training. I want it to be skill-based training," Srivastava said.

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