The UPSC and Anna University officials have already accepted the demand of CM J.Jayalalithaa. They feel that, a university could confer degrees.
On Tuesday, speaking to the Deccan Chronicle former vice chancellor of Anna University and former member, UPSC, Prof. E. Balagurusamy welcomed CM's announcement and said that the police training academy cannot provide specialised courses for policemen whereas a university could do so.
He also said that "At the university you can train existing police officers and also take up policing and security as a career option, besides good quality research in areas like cyber security, forensics and police psychology. A university will also get aid from various state and central funding agencies, which the existing police academy won't get".
A police officer (not willing disclose name) said "the university would help administrators put in more physical and intellectual infrastructure. Officials must be trained to handle technology-related crimes. Police also required research in crime pattern, crime detection and various other issues for which a university would be the right choice."
"The university will also help several thousand lower level police officials to pursue higher studies in our related field as the academy cannot confer degrees. The university can also offer part-time and weekend courses for police officials," the officer added.
According to a study, the national Police SEARCH exams to become a police officer are not the most difficult of professional exams. But, this does not mean police officers are not intelligent and capable. Challenge your local officer to recite the legal requirements for a host of policing activities and they will undoubtedly be able to rattle off the act, section, and content with little effort.
But, a BSc in policing has limited relevancy if the theoretical skills acquired in a degree do not speak to the practical challenges of policing, and the practices that find policing in conflict with the community. Instead of thinking of the qualification, we should think about those qualities that officers need in order to build effective community relations. This is not another technical training programme but rather a professionalism that engenders a reflective and self-critical outlook on the actions officers engage in and how that affects communities.