The North-Eastern Police Academy(NEPA) at Umsaw near Shillong in Meghalaya has emerged as a centre of excellence in training police personnel in the region. The Academy was set up in 1978 as one of the projects of the North-Eastern Council to train police personnel in all the eight States in the region. NEPA trains around 450 police officers of various ranks from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim every year. The Academy also trains officers from the Railway Protection Force of the North- East Frontier Railway, Central Industrial Security Force and Customs. It has links with the country’s high-profile training institutions like the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, the Administrative Staff College of India and the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. The Academy also liaises with other professional agencies like the National Security Guard, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Narcotics Control Bureau, National Crimes Record Bureau, National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, New Delhi and the Army. The Academy has so far trained over six thousand police personnel of different ranks. In view of its significant role as a training institute in the North-East, the Centre is considering to upgrade it as an institute of excellence in the field of counter-insurgency.
(PIB Special Services)