BPRD not adequately equipped, govt wants a rehaul

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Amid realisation that the country’s ace police think thank is “not adequately equipped” to meet future challenges, the government is now looking at overhauling the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD).

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has now invited an Expression of Interest (EoI) for preparaing a detailed project report on restructuring the think tank from “reputed and expert” government institutions.

The move comes as the government feels that the efforts of 47-year-old BPRD are “yet to fully meet the huge expectations” and a need for re-structuring has been “strongly felt” in various quarters, a senior official said.

In May this year, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh himself had spoke about the need for restructuring the think tank to make it vibrant for police and prison services.

“In contemporary world, the expectations from police have grown manifold. Many spheres of human activities, hitherto unknown to police system, have now come into the fold of policing, due to global cyber village fast transforming our lives. As a result, the mandate of a premier research organisation, which the BPR&D is, needs to be revised and it has to incorporate all those areas which policing of future is expected to focus on,” the notice inviting EoI said.

It went on to note that the BPRD, with its present mandate and human resources, is “not adequately equipped to meet the future challenges” of policing and prison services. This “strongly calls” for a thorough overhauling of the existing machinery of research and development through the intervention of technology and human resource development.

Earlier this month, the BPRD had said it was planning to set up a research centre in a leading academic institute to promote knowledge creation and policy analyses in criminal justice system arena. It felt that research could be better conducted and more useful results can be obtained through such a centre.

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on Dec 26, 2017)

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