Chennai: In a bid to bridge the gap between police and students, the city police today launched Student Police Cadet (SPC) in which nearly 6,000 students registered.
An initiative of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, it will function similarly to the NCC and NSS programmes in various educational institutions.
Once a week, the volunteers will stay back after school for training taught by sub-inspector and constable from nearest police station and two teachers.
The programme was launched at the Commissionerate in Vepery by city Commissioner A K Viswanathan, District Collector A Shanmuga Sundaram, Chennai District Education Officer, North, Gopala Krishnan this morning. Viswanathan said the programme is run by the police department, schools and revenue department. The candidiates will be taught on road safety, cyber awareness, social issues, women safety and disaster management. The students are from classes eight and nine from government and aided schools.
The project aims to inculcate in children respect for the law, discipline, civic sense, empathy for vulnerable sections of the society, reports said. This programme has identified 138 schools of which 95 are government schools and 43 government-aided schools. From each school, 44 boys and girls will participate and an overall 6,072 have been enrolled in the project.
For the students who have registered, the school will provide a khakhi unifrom, cap, belt, shoes and handbooks. The government would also give Rs 50,000 to each school for educational assistance, training and contingencies.
The Bureau of Police Research and development with support of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) prepared a handbook for the classes. It will also enable learning through group discussions and audio-visual mediums. It maybe noted that Union Minister Rajnath Singh launched the project on 21 July. In the first phase, the programme is being rolled out in Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts.
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