The Union Cabinet on February 7, 2018 approved the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), USA and Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), India on law enforcement training.
This MoC will pave the way for enhanced cooperation between the two countries in security related matters under the aegis of the India-US Homeland Security Dialogue.
The MoC will help in improving the standards of training, training materials, quality of trainers etc. which will further improve the functioning of police forces in the country.
India and United States share common interest when it comes to combat terrorism and transnational crimes and to prevent the continued growth of terrorist organizations. India and US also share a common interest in protecting the homeland against terrorist attacks.
India-US Homeland Security Dialogue
During the visit of the then President of the United States to India in November 2010, both sides agreed to set up a Homeland Security Dialogue (HSD) Mechanism as a follow up to the signing of the India - USA Counter-Terrorism Initiative.
Following the setting up of the HSD Mechanism, 6 Sub-Groups were formed covering the following areas:
• Global Supply Chain, Transportation, Port, Border and Maritime Security
• Megacity Policing and Sharing of Information among Federal state and Local Partners
• Illicit Finance, Illegal Smuggling of Cash, Financial Fraud and Counterfeiting
• Cyber Information
• Capacity Building
• Technology Upgradation
As part of the Homeland Security Dialogue (HSD) between India and USA, a Sub Group on Capacity Building was constituted with the objective of coordinating with the US authorities for overall capacity building of law enforcement agencies working in India related to all the six sub groups.
Accordingly, the US side proposed for a MoC between Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) in USA and the Indian counterpart Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D).
Who: Union Cabinet
When: 7 February 2018