BHUBANESWAR: The commissionerate police partnered with the British Council to launch a course for cops to improve their communication skills in English. An MoU was signed between the commissionerate police and British Council here on Monday.
“Bhubaneswar has turned into sports and business hubs with an inflow of foreign nationals very often. Cuttack Barabati Stadium too has been hosting international cricket matches. Since our personnel have to deal with the high-end visitors, including foreign delegates in the big events for their security purposes, there is a need to improve their English communication skills,” commissioner of police Saumendra Priyadarshi said.
It must be noted that Odisha is going to host Hockey Men’s World Cup at Kalinga Stadium in January next year. Besides, the Kalinga Stadium is all set to host India’s matches of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in October this year. The third edition of Make In Odisha conclave is scheduled to be convened here from November 30 to December 4.
Additional commissioner of police Uma Shankar Dash said at least 50 or 60 officers in the rank of inspector and above would be selected in the first phase to undergo the soft skills training programme. The participants would be from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack urban police districts (UPDs). Police said the British Council has prepared a customized training module for 34.5 hours. The classes will be conducted via online and offline modes. Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and MGM foundation would sponsor the training programme, police said.
“Being the state capital, Bhubaneswar has a cosmopolitan culture and tourist destination. If our officers improve their communication skills in English, this will send a good message about Bhubaneswar-Cuttack police. Such soft skills are normally not part of the routine police training, Dash said.
During the training programme, the participants will also be trained to improve their writing skills in English. Erroneous English in the case diaries, charge-sheets and other investigation related documents often created embarrassing situations for the police, especially the investigating officers at courts.
Though the investigating officers do have an option of writing case diaries, final forms and other investigation-related papers in Odia, many of them continue to write those in incorrect English.