NASIK: The Maharashtra Police Academy (MPA) would soon roll out e-learning courses for its officers for continuing their education even after passing out from the institute. The courses would be provided on cellphones and other platforms to the officers for providing updates on investigations and related works. All the officers will have to undergo the rigorous 36-hour training.

MPA director Nawal Bajaj said a number of courses are being devised related to investigations, conviction, traffic rules, law and other issues related to traffic and city police. “We have received guidelines from the state government to make these courses online so that they could reach maximum number of police officials. Thousands of police officials have to undergo training every year. With 13 training centres spread across the state, it is difficult for the officials to attend refreshers’ course,” he said.

Bajaj said owing to time constraints, the courses would be designed in such a manner so that they could be pursued on cellphones and and other gadgets, including computers.

“The courses will require completion of 36 hours of module in a year, which amounts to six days of training. But considering the practical requirements, the participants will have to complete 18 hours in training centres or academy,” he added.

The academy would conceive modules on cyber crime, economic offences, murder investigations, net banking and insurance frauds and other specialised wings.

The move is aimed at reducing financial burden on the academy, which is incurred in hiring private professionals as well as bearing transportation and residential expenses of the officers by the government.

Bajaj said the software would ensure that all the modules are covered on quarterly basis and credits would be awarded accordingly.

“The software devised will capture images of the user at regular intervals ensuring that no other person is attending the module or appearing for the tests that would be held online,” he said.

Bajaj said the move to undergo compulsory training would ensure that the officials are continuously updated in their field of work.

“In case they do not complete the modules, action such as holding their increments and promotions may be taken,” he added.

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