For the first time in the country,the Israeli government will facilitate the training of an Indian police force on security and anti-terror operations. Highly placed sources said that the defence attaché and the deputy defence attaché,posted with the Israeli Embassy in Delhi,met Punjab Director General of Police S S Saini recently and discussed in detail,the proposal to provide training to the Punjab police personnel on these two counts. It has been decided,in the meeting,that a three-pronged strategy will be carried out in this regard.
The Punjab Police will first send a 12-member team,that will consist of personnel from constable to the inspector level and no officers,to Israel for the training. The team,to be selected by the security wing of the state police,will stay in Israel for three months. The next part of the strategy is for a highly trained expert from Israel to visit the state and impart training to police personnel,who carry out ant-terror operations,including the newly formed Special Security Group (SSG),which had got 40 of its men trained by Israeli experts some time back. Sources said the visiting expert will also study the functioning of the security personnel attached with VVIPs including the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal besides other dignitaries. The objective is to ensure fool-proof security for the VVIPS,sources added.
The third part of the exercise will have the Israelis help the state police,particularly the SSG,set up an advanced state-of-art training academy on 36 acres of land at Charbar near Banur. The land belongs to the SSG and the Centre has given Punjab,Rs 50 crore,for the academy.
Sources also said that some time back,two senior police officers: Additional Director General of Police (Security) Dinkar Gupta and Inspector General of Police (Security) Sanjeev Kalra visited Israel on an official tour and selected about half a dozen private security agencies,to impart training to security forces on various aspects from terror operations,security,armed combat to physical and mental alertness.