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Jindal starts £2.4m police 'academy' India with Cambridge

Jindal police academy
Jindal police academy
{/ppgallery}Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and Cambridge University have jointly been chosen by the Government of India to provide mid-career training to Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

The £2.4m (Rs 16.6 crore) training programme for the first batch of police officers commences operation from JGLS' centre for penology, criminal justice and police studies headed by Professor Oishik Sircar.

JGLS founding dean Professor Raj Kumar told Legally India: "The program will essentially have two stage components: In the first stage, two weeks of the training will be held in Cambridge and the second stage component involves four weeks of training in India."

He said that the Cambridge part of the training will engage UK based experts who will teach 420 Indian police executive over a period of three years.

"Cambridge University has a very established police executive program and this program essentially provides for the framework of training police officers around the world on a number of issues other than just investigation."

Kumar (pictured left) noted that police would be trained in law enforcement and the criminal justice system to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the whole system.

Part of the £2.4m contract value of the training programme would be paid to JGLS, explained Kumar.

He said: "Professor Lawrence W Sherman, who is a professor at the University of Cambridge and heads this police executive program, identified us their partners when he was visiting India a few years back.

Together we applied to the Ministry of Home Affairs under GOI [Government of India] for seeking this opportunity to train the police officers, which is a huge, elaborate process. We made our application almost two years back."

Kumar said that he felt that winning the contract was an important achievement for the research centre of his law school.

"Certain things we believe universities ought to do: one is teaching, second is research and the third important aspect is capacity building, which means working very closely with Governmental, inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisation as well as other institutions of learning including the world's top most institution like Cambridge to improve the quality and functioning of our existing institutions through shared knowledge and experience." 

Cambridge University Professor Lawrence Sherman said: "Our joint work with the Indian Police Service is a major step forward in the history of criminology, integrating knowledge and practice on a broad scale at the highest levels of the police institution.

"Yet it is only one of many steps we hope to take together. The Cambridge-Jindal partnership will help to build a major research centre in India , where questions of crime prevention can be studied with as much rigour as questions of epidemiology and disease prevention."

The parties signed the agreement to enter into the training contract at Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad on 11 March 2010.
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