KPA Mysore nearing its centenary

KPA Mysore nearing its centenary

With many firsts to its credit the academy also trains foreign officers

Dr V Prakash, former director of CFTRI delivering a lecture at KPA, in Mysore recently. Dh PhotoThe first such facility was opened in Bangalore in 1892 as Police Training School (PTS). However, it was in 1913 it was replicated in Mysore, which later on became Composite Training School in 1945 and  Mysore branch college in 1958. It was upgraded into an academy in 1992.

The academy spread on a sprawling 48 acres land here, has till now trained 215 gazetted officers, 3,280 probationary sub-inspectors, apart from one year foundation courses for newly appointed DySPs, two-weeks training for IPS officers and re-orientation courses for in-service police personnel.

Apart from the police, the academy has the credit of honing the skills of excise, transport, fire and emergency services and prison staffers. It is a matter of pride that the academy has trained the officers of Puducherry, Maldives and also Bhutan. Recently it added another first to its credit, training the recent batch on a tri-monthly classes on an experimental basis. 

The module of the syllabus was also changed to suit the same including the subjects of internal security and management. Lecture series of achievers irrespective of fields has also begun.

The ongoing batch of 218 probationary officers interacted with 169 probationary PSIs in the training school in Gulbarga through video conferencing.
The academy currently headed by its director and senior IPS officer Amar Kumar Pande, has K T Balakrishna as deputy director, K S Krishnamurthy, Puttamadappa, Mastamardi, Narayan, Venkatesh and Shivakumaraiah as assistant directors who also double up as faculty.

Highlights

The academy is one among the two such institutes in India selected by the central government to train the police personnel in investigating bomb explosion related cases.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a  premier investigating agency of USA, will be training the personnel. National Security Guards (NSG), New Delhi, is another institute selected for similar training in the nation. It is well equipped with parade grounds, swimming pool on par with Olympic standard, forensic science laboratory and also model police stations among other basic requisites.

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