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In an effort to build its image as a "women-friendly" force, post the gangrape incident last month, and to prepare women personnel for more challenging jobs in a largely male-dominated force, the Delhi Police has started an intensive training programme for 39 women inspectors.
The training, which started last Wednesday at the Special Training College (STC) in Rajinder Nagar, is focused on preparing women inspectors to assume roles with greater importance such as Station House Officers, Inspector, Anti-Terror Ops and Inspector, Investigation.
Police sources said the emphasis was on on developing investigative skills and forensic expertise among women personnel. Lessons on preservation of crime scene, gathering vital clues from the spot, finger-printing and palm-matching systems and investigating cases under the National Security Act and Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act form an integral part of the training.
"After the gangrape incident last month, police have made a conscious effort to include women police officers in roles with greater interaction with public. So the training programme has specialised classes on handling sexual assault complaints, crime against women, monitoring of cases, informing complainants about progress in investigations and human rights and gender sensitivity," a senior police officer, who is part of the training, said.
The course module also includes topics on managerial and professional excellence such as leadership skills, motivating cadres, managing a police station, disposal of case properties, vehicles, manpower deployment and daily tasking of beat officers and junior officers.
Moreover, issues such as prevention and detection of crime, integration of police vehicles and PCR vans, crime analysis, profiling and verification of criminal records, compliance with court directions and working of CCTV network systems are being taught.
Senior police officers —both retired and in service — have been enlisted to conduct the training. Forensic experts from Central Forensic Science Laboratory, medical officers who perform autopsies, defence lawyers, public prosecutors, judicial officers, members of gender-sensitive groups, National Human Rights Commission and NGOs will also provide "comprehensive" training and skills to the participants.
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