IPS officers should specialise: Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday asked IPS officers to specialise.

Hyderabad: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday asked IPS officers to specialise in particular fields including crime, law and order, investigation and intelligence gathering, once they complete a major period of their service.

He said the Union Home Ministry is even considering a proposal to this effect.

"Policing is becoming more and more specialised. Within
the Home Ministry, we are examining a proposal that at some
point in the police officers` career, perhaps...after 17-18
years or after 20 years (of service), we must ask the police
officer to specialise (in a particular field)," Chidambaram

He was speaking on the sidelines of the passing out
parade of the 63rd batch of IPS Probationers of the Sardar
Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVP-NPA) here.

"Crime, law and order, investigation, intelligence
gathering, prosecution, counter-intelligence, counter-
terrorism, border guarding...each one of them has become a
specialised task and the specialisation by senior police
officers...I believe will stand this country in good state,"
Chidambaram said.

"During the first few years of your (IPS officers`)
career, you will work in different capacities and fields and
learn new lessons. I believe, in some point in your career,
you will have to go into specialisation," he added.

"I want the faculty of this academy to reflect on my
suggestion that at some point in their career, the IPS
officers must be asked to specialise and become a master of
that field," the Home Minister said.

Policing is changing dramatically, with new adversaries
emerging everyday and the police officers must get ready to
take on the adversaries as well as the challenges they pose,
he said, adding "we need more IPS officers to provide
leadership to a very large number of police personnel working
under different police organisations."

Chidambaram also asked the IPS probationers not to fall
prey to any temptations, despite attempts to make them

"Integrity, devotion to duty, welfare of people must
remain the highest ideals during the career," he said.

"I know police officers, who have followed straight path
throughout their career and are being respected and loved by
the people of India," he said.

The Minister added that SVP-NPA is regarded as a world-
class police training institution and by providing over Rs 200
crore in the last two years for improving the facilities and
training infrastructure, the Central government has been able
to implement its pledge in making the academy among the best
in the world.

National Police Academy Director V N Rai said 132
trainees underwent 46 weeks of basic institutional training,
including 21 women and four officers each of the Royal Bhutan
Police Service and Maldives and three from Nepal Police

The Home Minister presented the Prime Minister`s baton
and the Home Ministry`s revolver to parade commander Deshmukh
Anil Paris, who was adjudged the best all-round IPS
probationer at the passing out parade.


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