In affiliation with Hans Seidel Foundation, the Centre for Social Research (CSR) has initiated, “Gender Sensitive Best Practices, Implementation and Capacity Building of Police Officials”. The project seeks to manifest an attitudinal shift and stronger call-to-action leading to desired improvement in women protection and survivor support; achieved through sensitization endeavors of the police officials. At the outset, the project seeks to enhance the knowledge in the context of women protection and survivor support through trainings and exchange of international best practices.

In order to conduct the training, the CSR team undertook Training Needs Assessment (TNA) in the state of Manipur. This is to be followed by the states of Goa and Puducherry. The TNA for all the states has been targeted for completion by the end of May 2017. The benefit of Training Needs Assessment is that it helps to create a tailored module as per the specific law and order challenges in the geography. The assessment form takes into consideration the demographic details, prior exposure to trainings similar to the one undertaken by CSR, understanding of and expectation from the training at the outset along with the preferred mode of pedagogy.

For the state of Manipur, the TNA had been completed after interacting with the Secretary to the Honorable Governor, Dr. Najma Heptullah, the Chairperson of the State Commission for Women Dr. K Sobita Devi, the police officers at the Porampat Women’s Police Station, the 9th Indian Reserve Battalion women officers and the Trainers at the Manipur State Police Training Academy. The team of Centre for Social Research scouted for local resource people who are stakeholders and opinion leaders for the law and order situation in Manipur in the context of crimes against women, children and the elderly.

The Police Capacity Building Training in Manipur is aimed to be undertaken in the month of August 2017.