On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi threw a fitness challenge to all IPS officers across the country, an IPS officer from Telangana in turn threw another interesting challenge to the entire police force in Medak district. They are to learn a new skill every day and tweet to her what they have picked up.
Medak district Superintendent of Police (SP), G Chandana Deepti, an IPS officer of 2012 batch tweeted on Wednesday saying: “I throw a Twitter challenge to all my officers to tweet about learning a new skill every day and improve their learning efficiency. The rate of our learning is the only competitive advantage we will eventually have.” Chandana Deepti also asked them to use the hashtag #lear ninganewskill to bring to her notice what they’ve learnt.
“When I know what skills our police have in the district, I will be able to deploy them in circumstances where their skills would be needed most,” 36-year-old Chandana Deepti told TOI. “If someone has learnt diving, I’d be able to deploy them in rescue efforts in instances of possible drownings,” she said. “It is a survival skill set which is necessary,” she said.
Chandana Deepti is also expecting 1,000 cops in her district to acquire knowledge of computers, new software, apps and technology that could aid them in discharging their duties better. “Learning has got to be a continuous process,” she said. The SP expects the police force, including three DSPs, nine circle inspectors, 30 subinspectors and also nearly 35 women cops to pick up a new skill every day.
While the district police administration does provide constant training to the force, the ‘Learninganewskill’ challenge will give them the liberty to think what new skill they themselves need to acquire. “The enthusiasm to learn new things should not die down. It helps the organisation as a whole,” she said.
Asked if she would take up the fitness challenge that Prime Minister Narendra Modi posed to all IPS officers, Chandana Deepti responded saying: “Why not?”