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Training of Trainers (TOT)
TOT on 5 July at the Computer Bhawan, Salt Lake, Kolkata. In the picture are the ADGP (Training), Mr. R K Johri, Mr. Sarkar, IGP, Mr. Sanjay Singh DIG, NGO partners and the police officials who will be the future trainers, as well as UNODC officials - Dr. P M Nair and Dr. Geeta Sekhon.
A one day workshop to train trainers was held on 5 July in the Police Training College (PTC) Kolkata. This was a prequel to the second phase of training for police officers in West Bengal. This phase of training will commence in August and conclude in November 2007. Overall, police officers from 14 districts will be trained.
The TOT was attended by 3 NGOs - namely SLARTC, SANLAAP, and Contact Base with their representatives who will be their trainers. Mr. R. K. Johri, the Additional Director General Police (Training), Mr. Sarkar, Inspector General of Police (Training), Mr. Sanjay Singh, IPS, Deputy Inspector General (Training) along with other supporting staff of PTC attended the workshop. SLARTC was represented by Mr. Manbendranth Mandal, SANLAAP by Ms. Indrani Sinha, and Ms. Sayantani Chowdhary represented Contact Base. The TOT was organized and financed by UNODC with logistical arrangements by the PTC Kolkata. Dr. P M Nair and Dr. Geeta Sekhon of UNODC facilitated the discussions during the entire TOT.
The TOT commenced with an introduction of all participants followed by a presentation on the Evaluation Report prepared earlier by Ms. Mahua Ray Sur. The evaluation assessed the strengths and weaknesses in the first lap of training and addressed the concerns of the trainers. The two open house sessions identified the Plan of Action for future trainings. Some important aspects of the deliberations were:
Discussion on the curriculum to be followed for training of Investigating Officers (Deputy Superintendent of Police, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors, etc.) and Supporting Officers (Head Constables and Constables).
List of resource / other materials to be supplied to the participants during the trainings.
The approach of the trainers in conducting the training programmes towards the issue of trafficking, such as, human rights approach, gender sensitization, clarifying concepts, rescue and post - rescue activities, investigative techniques, role of police during prosecution, etc.
Methodology of training, how to get appropriate resource persons, how to ensure commitment of the trained officials to get their best performance etc. were discussed.
The Course curriculum was devised by UNODC after extensive discussions with the concerned stakeholders. The strategy to be adopted by the NGO trainers to suit the requirements of the specific districts was also discussed.
It is worth mentioning here that during the first phase of training, UNODC organized 81 police training programmes in 10 districts in West Bengal, conducted by the 3 NGOs mentioned above.