Mumbai: As part of an exchange programme, a
team of FBI officers arrived on Thursday and held deliberations
with the top brass of city police on tackling terror and other
crimes, officials said.
The 15-member team from the US accompanied by Bureau
of Police Research Development (BPRD) met the city police
commissioner Arup Patnaik at the police headquarters.
The city police and the FBI exchanged their views and
measures adopted in tackling terror and other crimes like
robbery and murder, they said.
The team, which will be here till Friday, is also
designing content for senior police officers, who will be
participating in a two-week course to be held in October in
Los Angeles. The course will be aimed at helping higher
command police officers in forming special weapons and tactics
(SWAT) and quick response teams in the city.
"This is the team that came to Mumbai that looks after
the tactical operations of the FBI. The team had an
interaction with the top brass of city including few
handpicked policemen today. The team shall also meet officers
from the Anti-Terrorism Squad, Force One and other units,"
said a senior officer who was present in the interaction.
Patnaik is understood to have explained the working
pattern of the security agencies here, modernisation programme
as well as new measures taken to tackle crime.
The FBI team had yesterday visited Delhi Police
headquarters, NSG headquarters and held similar discussions
with the top brass there.
"The Government of India will select the officers and
we hope a few officers from Mumbai will also be asked to
undertake the course as our city has always been a terror
target," said the officer.
He said the FBI will develop the course for policemen
around the world, though the content will be different for
each country to suit their needs.
"The course will include how to set up field command
centres at the sites itself during attacks like November 26
terror strikes. The centres will be like a control room at the
site so that the officers manning them can give first hand
leads from the spot," he said.
The team lodged in the Heritage building at Hotel Taj,
will also visit the sites of July 13 blasts.
In March, the FBI in partnership with the Home Ministry
conducted a five-day law enforcement exchange focusing on
crime scene management and evidence collection techniques in