Out of the 38 Sub-Inspectors (SIs), who passed Gujarat Police Academy (GPA) training on Tuesday, it was a dream come true for 10 of them who were constables earlier. They dreamt of wearing a star on their shoulder and passed the SI examination to become “officers”. This is the first batch of SIs to be recruited as intelligence officers for the special squad for Sub-Inspectors in CID (Intelligence).
Ratna Bhuria, 31, was all smiles, having fulfilled his ambition to become a “police officer”. Bhuria was a constable with the State Reserved Police Force (SRPF), who joined the police force in 2008. Having serving in Ahmedabad city police, he was transferred to GPA as Assistant Drill Inspector (ADI).
Bhuria used to teach drills to the cadets in the academy, preparing for Sub-Inspectors examination in his free time. He got selected for the recruitment of SIs in the CID, intelligence wing, of the Gujarat Police.
He said, “Contrary to the popular belief that policemen get shunted in police academies, I would say I grew up to be an officer because I was sent here. I was a constable for five years and then a drill inspector to the cadets here. I saw several cadets of various ranks getting trained here and decided that a star should adorn my shoulder too.” Bhuria not only cleared the exams, but has bagged three medals: He is an “all-rounder” of the entire batch and best outdoor and drill performer.
Bhuria’s friend and colleague, Ramana Jitendra Bhikhubhai (30), who was also a constable before, is an armed Sub-Inspector now. “The experience of a constable will help me in intelligence gathering and develop a stronger network for the force. I wanted to join the unarmed force, but after starting the training in the academy, I got more interested in taking up the challenging force of armed units. I chose this over the comforts of working in a police station,” Ramana said
He is now preparing to appear in the Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) exams and aims to crack that too. Ramana and others are the new-generation post-graduate constables who have used their experiences and knowledge to become SIs now. Ramana and his batchmates of armed SIs are the first ones to have studied under the new course for SIs at the GPA.
Inspector S M Saiyed said, “The academy changed the syllabus of the armed SIs to ensure that they act like the unarmed SIs who join police stations. This batch is well-versed in law, trained in arms and security issues and ready to join the force.”
Hetal Jasu Parmar, 24, who is an intelligence officer now, said, “I am the only one to join the police force from my family. I chose policing to take up the challenge of working as a woman intelligence officer and destroy the myth that women can’t work in such departments.” Hetal, a management graduate and post-graduate in public administration, won the first position in athletics in the batch.
Her batchmate, Rajan Dhakana (25), is also the first from his family to have joined the police force. Coming from the family of share brokers in Junagadh, Rajan is an intelligence officer now. He wanted to become a policeman since his childhood.
He said, “Wearing a khakhi uniform was a passion since childhood and so, after doing biotechnology, I joined the Raksha Shakti University and acquired PG Diploma in Police Sciences. I saw IPS officers Atul Karwal and Vikas Sahay and got inspired to become a police officer.” The new SIs are now waiting for their induction in the force in the coming few months.