The Student Police Cadet scheme envisages a two-year training programme for student cadets. Appropriate training developsthe capacity of students to shouldervarious responsibilities, as outlined in program objectives.SPC training comprises ofseveral components:
The goal of physical training is to inculcate discipline in mind and body of cadets, and develop in them capability and endurance to carry out their responsibilities. Designated Drill Instructors visit SPC schools and conduct physical training for cadets, including Drill, Parade, Cross-country March, Yoga etc., as per the Annual SPC Activity Calendar.
Goal of indoor training is to acquaint cadets with Police-related topics, Matters of Law, Constitutional Principles, Community Policing, National Movements, Personality Development principles, inculcate in them self-esteem and raise them as confident citizens. In each SPC school, Community Police Officers and Drill Instructors organize indoor classes on various topics as per the Activity Calendar.
SPC has developed a unique way of imparting knowledge to cadets, called Drishyapadam, or the ‘Visual Text’ program. This program, initiated by SPC, makes the learning process participatory, comprehensive, experiential and enjoyable, with help of videos, documentaries, and films etc.,enabling cadets to realize the learning objectives of the concerned session. The program
• stimulates active listening, observation,thinking and public speaking skills among cadets
• Promotes groupwork, theme-based interactions and presentation skills among students
• Equips cadets to appreciate and critically analyse videos they watch
The team selects suitable video materialsappropriate to the objectives of SPC, with help of domain experts and institutions (such as ‘Chalachithra Academy’ in Kerala) to pool videos on and in a wide range of languages and regions. A short description, both vocal and written and a set of 10 to 12 questions are prepared for each video. The description and questions are distributed among cadets by dividing the class to 6 groups. After the screening of the video, each group has to present their deliberations, findings,observations and learning based on randomly allotted questions before the entire class. This method is found to be very result oriented and cost effective compared to many other teaching–learning methods, taking advantage of the fact that the visuals we watch remain thoroughly imprinted in our minds for a long time.
In order to increase effectiveness of indoor classes, as well as ensure achievement of project objectives, field visits to establishments that administer, implement and adjudicate the law, places of historical, cultural, scientific and national importance, must be conducted and study reports on such visits prepared. CPOs and Drill instructors must coordinate with PSLCs to arrange such visits.
Junior Cadets and Senior Cadets must participate in 3-day camps during vacations. These camps will be arranged in the respective school itself. These camps may be residential or otherwise, depending on convenience of school concerned.
For Junior SPCs, at the end of the academic year, a 7-day residential camp will be organized in each District. These camps may be organized at a central location in the District, such as: District Armed Reserve Camps, Battalion Headquarters, Police Training College, or Police Academy.
Every year, a state-level SPC Summer Camp will be conducted at a central location for selected SPCs from all over the state. The camp will be a 7-day residential activity, comprising life-skills enhancement workshops, interactions with renowned and prominent personalities, senior Government officials and political leaders, and other personality development components. Preferably State Annual camp will be at State Police Academy.
Leadership capabilities of SPCs are strengthened by involving them in arranging awareness classes for fellow students on various community issues such as road safety, drug and substance abuse, environmental protection, and aspects of law and crime. Cadets are encouraged to participate in social service projects, take responsibility during school festivals, sports meets, etc. and traffic control duties.