"Under the project 'Suraksha Setu', school children will be sensitized about different functions performed by the police. They will be educated about the role of police and will be taught to act as link between the police and society," Gujarat in-charge Director General of Police (DGP) Pramod Kumar said.
    
"Children will get police uniforms and police personnel will teach them. They will get a real life experience of how a police personnel functions," Kumar added.
    
The top cop also said that the school children will not only be trained in basic aspects of policing, they will be taught to be good citizens in the society.
    
"It is not only about training. Mutual respect for elder citizens, how students can act as link between police and society and how they can act as catalyst for change will be imparted to them under this training programme," Kumar said.
    
Additional Director General of Police (Administration) AK Singh said that school children will be taught to act as responsible young citizens.
    
"The whole idea is not to impose training on them, but an idea to influence the minds and behaviour of children," he said.
    
On being asked about how the training offered under this programme would be different to that of training offered under NCC, Singh said, "NCC is more of a career-oriented programme for defence services while this training programme is aimed at building community leadership and cultivate habits of responsible citizenship among students."
    
He said that the state government issued directions for roll-out of the programme last week and it was started in Surat in South Gujarat recently.

(Agencies)

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