The term ‘police training’, till date, has been referred to a special type of rigorous physical and intellectual training that only candidates about to join the forces underwent. However, from now on, Indian students of classes 8 and 9 from Rajasthan state government schools will also participate in a similar kind of training programme. This decision was taken by the government of Rajasthan to make the young minds aware of basic laws and legal procedures.

The state education board of Rajasthan collaborated with the police department to train Student Police Cadets (SPC). The organizers and planners believe that the training will play a significant role in curbing adolescent violence in the state and also strengthen the students mentally and physically which will help them cope better in pressure situations.

Afghan National Policemen participate in marksmanship training on Combat Outpost Herrera, Paktiya province, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2009. The training was conducted by Soldiers from the 92nd Military Police Company. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith/Released)

The programme is launched in the footsteps of the National Cadet Corps practice. The training, as of now, will only be available in select 930 state government schools and 70 Kendriya Vidyalayas, stated Ranu Sharma who is an officer at the community police headquarters and the state nodal officer for the programme. After the training is over, the SPCs will also be deployed as volunteers during public functions such as the Republic Day and Independence Day.  

Sharma added that the programme will cover 15 modules which deal with a number of things like various aspects of public and personal life, facets of personality development, processes of physical and mental growth and doctrines of social responsibility.

These modules have been specially developed for SPC training. The training will be imparted at three levels including indoor classes, outdoor activities and excursions to relevant places and offices.

Sharma also spoke about a pilot project of the programme that was run to test the efficacy of the plan. She said that the pilot project, run in 39 state-owned schools, turned out to be a huge success. The government has also decided to grant a sum of Rs 100,000 to each of the schools where the two-year programme would be run.

As reported by a popular media agency this year, in July,  two juveniles were held for allegedly murdering their friend in west Delhi’s Basai Darapur village. In June, three juveniles were held responsible for allegedly sexually harassing a mentally challenged boy, leading to his death. Again, in mid-June, a 17-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl in a village in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh. In May, three inmates of a juvenile home in Chandigarh allegedly tried to strangulate a security guard in a bid to escape.

In fact, the news report in June stated that the rate of crimes by the juvenile has risen by 42% in the past 5 years. While in 2013, 147 juveniles faced trial, in 2018 the number has risen to 209. Juvenile delinquency has reached alarming rates in India in recent times. It can only be hoped that steps such as these by the Rajasthan government will help in curbing these crime rates.