Close on the heels of two top Mumbai Police officers attending a training course at the FBI Academy in Los Angeles,another senior officer has gone abroad to take part in a training exercise. Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Rajnish Seth,who is in charge of all 92 police stations in the city,is in Tokyo to attend a course on post-blast management. Seth left the city on Saturday and is due to return on October 30.
Seth was invited to attend a training course on post-blast management and he has gone to Tokyo as part of a delegation of officers from across the country, said a senior Mumbai Police officer,who did not wish to be named.
Since Mumbai has witnessed several serial blasts in the past,and our officers have had to handle the chaos and confusion prevalent in a post-blast scenario,the Mumbai experience will be discussed at length during the course. Security personnel from other countries will also attend the course, said the officer.
Seth was chosen for the course as the Jt CP (L&O) plays a crucial role in the aftermath of a blast in the city. Sources revealed that soon after the 13/7 serial blasts,the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Mumbai Police was tweaked with regard to the Jt CP (L&O)s role.
A major change made to the SOP after the 13/7 blasts was that the Jt CP (L&O) will be out on the streets and visit the blast site. His presence on the ground will bolster the confidence of the local policemen in handling crowds and will help secure a blast site for forensic examination. Earlier,the Jt CP (L&O) was expected to take charge of the main control room at the police headquarters in Crawford Market. Now,the revised SOP demands that the Jt CP (Administration) take charge of the control room, said Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik.