BHUBANESWAR: The Commissionerate Police has teamed up with him British Council start a course for police officers to improve their communication skills English. A memorandum of understanding between the Commissionerate Police and the British Council was signed here on Monday.
“Bhubaneswar has very often developed into a sports and business center with an influx of foreign nationals. Cuttack Barabati Stadium also hosted International Cricket Matches. As our staff has to deal with the high-profile visitors, including foreign delegates, at the major events for security reasons, their English communication skills need to be improved,” the police commissioner said Saumendra Priyadarshi said.
It should be noted that in January next year, Odisha will host the Men’s Ice Hockey World Championship at Kalinga Stadium. Also, Kalinga Stadium is ready to host India’s FIFA U-17 matches Women’s World Cup in October of this year. The third edition of the Make In Odisha Conclave is scheduled to be convened here from November 30th to December 4th.
Additional Police Commissioner Uma Shankar Dash said at least 50 or 60 officers with the rank of inspector and above would be selected in the first phase to complete the soft skills training programme. The participants would be from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack Municipal Police Districts (UPDs). Police said the British Council had prepared a bespoke training module lasting 34.5 hours. Classes are conducted online and offline. The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and the MGM Foundation would sponsor the training program, police said.
“As the state capital, Bhubaneswar has a cosmopolitan culture and tourist destination. If our officers improve their communication skills in English, it will send a good signal to Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police. Such soft skills are not typically part of routine police training,” Dash said.
During the training program, participants will also be trained to improve their writing skills in English. Incorrect English in case diaries, indictments and other investigation-related documents often created embarrassing situations for police, especially investigators in court.
Although investigators have the ability to write case journals, closure forms, and other investigation-related papers in Odia, many of them continue to write them in incorrect English.