Student Police Cadet Programme

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  • A country wide initiative called Student Police Cadet (SPC) programme was launched by home minister. • Which aim to build a bridge between the police and young students by educating them in crime prevention
  • Which aim to build a bridge between the police and young students by educating them in crime prevention


  • The programme focuses on students of class 8 & 9 and special care has been taken to ensure that it does not lead to increase in the workload of the students.
  • The programme does not have any prescribed text book nor is any exam envisaged. It is a class room programme and conducted once in a month.
  • The programme seeks to cover broadly two kinds of topics:
    • Crime prevention and control
    • Values and ethics
  • Under it, the following topics covered are – Community Policing, Road Safety, Fight against Social Evils, Safety of Women & Children, Fight against Corruption and Disaster Management, Values & Ethics, Respect for Elders, Empathy & Sympathy, Tolerance, Patience, Attitude, Team Spirit and Discipline.
  • A Handbook has been prepared by BPR&D (Bureau of Police Research and Development) for imparting instructions with the support of NCERT.
  • There is greater emphasis on field demonstrations and hands on learning of the functioning of the Police through visits to Women Police stations, Child Protection Homes including NGOs, Traffic Police and Fire Brigade Stations.
  • There will also be learning through group discussions, audio-visual mediums etc.
  • The programme shall be steered by a State level committee to be headed by the Principal Secretary, Home Department with the Principal Secretary, Education and Director General of Police as members.
  • There shall be a similar committee at the district level headed by the District Magistrate with the District Inspector of Schools and Superintendent of Police as members


The Union Home Ministry has merged three-decade old National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) in order to improve administrative efficiency and optimal utilisation of resources for development works related to policing. It will also boost crime data collection and research efforts.

Now BPR&D will oversee all the data collection related to:

  • Crime in India,
  • Suicides and Accidental Deaths,
  • Prison Statistics and
  • Fingerprints

which was earlier done by NCRB. The BPRD Director General (DG) will be the head of the merged new entity

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