US helps MHA impart anti-terror training

Following the attack on an Israel Embassy official in February last year, the US government has been providing the ministry with funds and expertise to train personnel in handling terror-related cases.

Following the Israel Embassy attack in February last year, the US government has reportedly been providing financial and logistical support to the Union Home Ministry to train police and paramilitary personnel in investigating terror-related cases and developing forensic expertise.

According to officials, the Ministry of Home Affairs has held several courses in India and the United States, under Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) programme, in collaboration with the US embassy, since February 2012 on training Indian police personnel in forensic investigation.

Apart from grants for purchasing the necessary equipment, US has also been providing trainers and instructors in this regard.

Recently, the US Embassy had organised a Critical Incident Management course in Indore that concluded on Tuesday to prepare police for managing, controlling and supporting coordinated responses to critical incidents.

"The materials developed for this course adhere to the guidelines developed following the 9/11 attacks. A presidential directive requiring domestic hazard preparedness had resulted in creation of National Incident Managemnt System and National Response Framework. The course taught participants how to manage critical incidents by minimising communication and coordination problems," a senior Delhi Police officer told Newsline.

Two more courses one on coordination between different agencies investigating the same case and another on Digital Forensic Equipment Consultation are scheduled for February and March this year.

The Digital Forensic Equipment Grant Consultation will provide the personnel here with two American instructors and a digital forensics enabling equipment grant.

"The instructors will directly support the continued development of the formal computer investigation and provide expertise in techniques and digital forensics analysis. The enabling equipment grant will include forensic computers, laptops, hard drives and other specialised forensic hardware and software," the officer said.

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