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Police Academia Interaction Forum (PAIF)

Police-Academia Interaction Forum (PAIF)

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Background

The Indian Police was established in 1861 under the Police Act, 1861 (Act V of 1861) to reorganize the police force and to make it an efficient instrument for the prevention and detection of crime. However, the organization was seen as the strong arm of the colonial state for a long time. It has undergone a huge change in terms of constitutional and legislative mandate, organizational structure, role and responsibility in the post-independence period. The rule of law is the basic feature of Indian Constitution and the bedrock of democracy. We need a strong law enforcement agency for the prevention, detection, investigation of criminal cases and maintenance of public order. There have been efforts on the part of the Government of India and Government of Gujarat to modernize the police organization to meet the emerging challenges of law enforcement in the changing socio-economic and socio-political environment. There is a felt need for academic study of issues related to law enforcement and to bring about structural, procedural, technological and operational changes to improve law enforcement activities.

A decision was taken in the DGsP/ IGsP Conference, 2018 held in a Tekanpur, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh to set up Police-Academia Interaction Forum (PAIF) to facilitate interaction of final year students of National Law University (NLU) with Police Officers on legal matters including issues related to forensic science for improving the quality of investigation and prosecution of criminal cases. The interaction will also give opportunity to the students and the members of faculty to study issues related to law enforcement, police administration, prosecution and other issues of academic interest. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi has issued an advisory to States/UTs for setting up of Police-Academia Interaction Forum (PAIF) as per the decision taken in the DGsP/ IGsP Conference, 2018. The DG & IG of Police, Gujarat has decided to set up Police-Academia Interaction Forum (PAIF) with the participation of Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar; Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU), Gandhinagar and Raksha Shakti University (RSU), Ahmedabad.

Objectives

The following are the objectives of Police-Academia Interaction Forum (PAIF):

  • to bring various verticals of Police Department and member Universities on a common platform and to engage them on issues related to law, forensic sciences, police sciences, investigation, prosecution, community policing etc.
  • to provide opportunity for students of the member Universities to work with various verticals of Police Department to assist & encourage the use of modern forensic sciences tools in investigation, collection of evidences admissible in law, presentation of evidences during prosecution, scrutiny of judgements for the identification of key issues for plugging the gaps in investigation & prosecution.
  • to provide opportunity for faculty of the member Universities to work with various verticals of Police Department to carry out research on issues related to law, forensic sciences, police sciences, investigation, prosecution, community policing etc.
  • to identify best practices, methodologies, technological tools, management practices and to re-engineering of processes to improve the quality of law enforcement activities
  • to study new legislations, latest amendments to laws, case laws/landmark judgements of Constitutional Courts and to work out standard operating procedures (SOPs) to improve the quality of investigation
  • to serve as a forum for academicians and practising police officers to pursue studies & activities of mutual interest for the benefit of their parent organizations
Activities

The following activities will be taken up to meet above objectives:

(i) Training:

  • The resources such as faculty, class rooms, conference halls, etc. at the disposal of member Universities will be shared for imparting specialized training to police officers in coordination with Gujarat Police Academy, Karai
  • The faculty of member Universities will assist Gujarat Police Academy, Karai in the designing of special training modules, content development, revision/ upgradation of existing curriculum etc.
  • Police Department will create panel of Police Officers having expertise in certain fields to impart training to students of member Universities to bridge the gap between class room learning and professional practice.

(ii) Internship Programs:

The UG/PG/PhD students will be offered internship with various verticals of Police Department based on the area of interest, scope of study, availability of resources etc.

(iii) Research & Development:

  • the UG/PG/PhD students and faculty may carry out field study, research projects, survey on contemporary issues.
  • the UG/PG/PhD students and faculty may prepare Case Based Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Governance Mechanism

There will a two layered governance mechanism to facilitate framing of policies, implementation of programs and periodic review of outcomes. The Governing Council will be the apex body having the following composition:

The following are the functions of the Governing Council:

  • to provide policy framework for the working of PAIF including expansion of PAIF by giving new membership to Universities/Academic Institutions
  • to approve the programs and activities designed by the Executive Council
  • to meet at least once in a year and carry out review of implementation of programs and activities of PAIF and their outcomes
  • to coordinate with Govt. of India and Govt. of Gujarat on issues requiring approvals/concurrence

The Executive Council will be the implementing body having the following composition:

The following are the functions of the Executive Council:

  • to prepare the draft policy framework for the working of PAIF and place it before the Governing Council for the consideration
  • to design the programs and activities of PAIF in accordance with the policy frame work to meet the objectives
  • to identify areas of study/interaction, suitable students/faculty, assign study/research topics, obtain reports, scrutinize reports, evaluate the students etc.
  • the PAIF will have rights over the study/research reports and the Executive Council will screen them before clearing them for publication in journals, online publications or placing it in public domain in any form
  • to meet at least twice in a year and to monitor the implementation of programs and activities of PAIF and their outcomes
  • to coordinate with member institutions for the successful implementation of programs and activities
  • to aid and advice the Governing Council for the smooth working of PAIF

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