Through the Student Police Cadet (SPC) programme which was launched on Thursday, the UT Police aims to prepare in the next two years at least 1,200 volunteers who will better understand the Indian law, functioning of police and traffic rules.
Although SPC is a Central government scheme which was introduced in 2019, it was not implemented in most of the states/UTs, including Chandigarh, due to the outbreak of Covid-19. The selected 600 students include girls as well. Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) has designed the curriculum of the SPC scheme.
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SP (City) Mridul said, “We have shortlisted at least 15 government schools for this scheme throughout Chandigarh. Forty students of 8th standard were selected for this scheme from each school. The selected students are both boys and girls. The selected 600 students will go to the next class next year and we will get another lot of 600 students who will enroll in class 8 next year. The curriculum was divided into two chapters: indoor activities and outdoor activities. The indoor activities include basic knowledge about the Constitution, Indian laws, traffic rules etc. The outdoor activities include the visit to police stations, cyber cell and especially training in the march past and drill. SPC is aimed at the overall development of students. Indeed, there will be no weapon training for the cadets.”
A source said, “Under the scheme, cops have been visiting the 15 government schools every week to interact with the selected students. They were given white coloured uniforms, black belts and caps.”
The principal of one of the selected government schools requesting anonymity said, “There were at least 80 students who wanted to join this scheme but we shortlisted only 40 as per the rule. The enthusiasm among the girl students is not less than that of the boys.”
DSP Sita Devi, who is overseeing the implementation of the scheme in schools, says, “We will shortly start outdoor activities for the selected 600 students in a phased manner. They will be brought to different police stations to show them the functioning of police, traffic police and cyber cell personnel.”
Last month, the scheme was launched in Punjab.