Emboldened by the response of Army Chief, Hooda said that this would not only strengthen the functioning of Police Department, but would also further infuse in them the spirit of dedication to duty.
Mr. Hooda, if you are sincere in making police a skilled and professional force then instead of army training get free it from political interference and bring leadership qualities among the top cops.
Haryana had many good cops but they are not getting field posting due to obvious reasons. Mr. Hooda I may remind you that sometime back in your hometown, Rohtak, the then IGP V. Kamraja known for his professional approach was not only prevented from taking action against a cop accused of shielding criminals but was given field posting in a neighboring district.
Another IPS officer during his posting as a district Police Chief was transferred giving marching orders and a murder case registered against him. His fault was only that like Durga Shakti, the IAS officer of UP, he was merely obeying orders of apex court to clear the highway from blockade.
Admittedly that a protester was killed in firing but it is also admitted fact that unruly mob of protesters carrying lethal weapons had virtually cordoned the officer and have almost lynched him as almost entire force has fled from the scene.
It is interesting to note that Director General of Police, Haryana has directed the Police Chief that highway should be cleared at any cost reminding him directions of the apex court.
While serving cops refused to comment citing service rules and sensitivity of the matter as proposal has come from Chief Minister. However some retired cops shared their views with this citizen journalist on the issue of providing training to the cops by the Indian Army.
While speaking off the record, serving cops said that they will react when proposal formally comes. Highly placed sources told this scribe that Hooda has raised the issue just to divert the attention from former Army Chief V.K.Singh, who hails from Haryana and has joined BJP.
Retired Haryana Director General of Prisons, Dr. John.V.George, known for his commitment to uniform, has not relished the idea of Army training to Cops adding that their duties are different. George said that since Haryana presently is not facing any terrorism threat or any anti national activities, hence, there is no need of such training.
Former Haryana Additional General of Police V.K. Kapoor also echoed the same sentiments stating that the police needs training in community policing. Moreover role of police is pro-active while Army is to fix enemy using every weapon available in its armoury and army also gets protection for its alleged excesses whereas the police even if it is discharging its duties professionally has to face criticism from media, opposition and vested interests.
Police needs skill in investigations and has to deal public politely. Whereas army is suppose to act ruthlessly. Although both Army and Police are integral part of our system but they are supposed to have expertise in their respective fields and not mingle in each others work.
Police is suppose to handle internal situation which requires patience and brain and minimum force, while Army is supposed to defend border with brain and brutality.
Haryana cops are trained at Haryana Police Academy (HAP), Madhuban. Another training centre has recently started in Rohtak district. George said that such centers should be opened in all police ranges as Madhuban Academy is unable to train all the recruits.
HAP, which once was a finest force and as part of Punjab Armed Police had participated in 1965 war with Pakistan has of late lost its professionalism.
IPS officers appointed here treat it as either punishment or relaxation posting. Besides, academy lacks the staff as nobody wants to stay here. They mange to get themselves shifted to district police for better avenues and clout.
Instead of army training Govt. should start anti-terrorist squads on the pattern of Andhra Pardesh where cops are given extra salary to motivate them for joining such squads.