Hyderabad: Police personnel in Medak are quite busy these days. From inspectors to constables and every other personnel of the district police machinery, each is learning a new skill every day. What more, they are tweeting about those skills, thus getting on the Twitter bandwagon as well.
From taking printouts of documents or images from their mobile phones using Google Cloud Print, tracing IP address of a mobile user, or using a drone camera, editing PDF files, editing pictures in Windows Picture Manager and even tagging a post in Facebook, the skills are as varied as they can be.
The trend began early last month, after Medak Superintendent of Police Chandana Deepti threw a ‘Twitter challenge’ to all her officers, asking them to tweet about learning a new skill every day and to improve their learning efficiency. She has been encouraging them, also to share their newly acquired skills with their colleagues.
“Very good Mallishwari!!! Will learn it from you,” was her response to an officer who learned how to take printouts from a mobile phone. “That’s going to be very useful Rajababu! Get going!” were her words for another who learned conversion of video and audio formats to another format online.
“Initially, it was meant to just make your day a lot more productive,” says the SP.
“When I asked my officers to tweet about a new skill they learnt that day, it was thrilling to see them pick up very nice skills. This way they stay ahead in technology adaptation. And also transform into a modern police force upon whom the public has immense faith. It has happened quicker than I imagined,” she told Telangana Today.
Now, to keep up the zeal, she is planning a weekend knowledge sharing session where each would demonstrate what they learned.
“I plan to give token prizes to those who have done maximum value addition to themselves and the organisation and to society. The idea is to inculcate a culture of continuous learning,” she says.
There are daily training classes at the District Police headquarters as well. These include those for soft skills, life skills, defence tactics, law, social media, photography and so on. “I am excited to see the transformation in my force through this.” she adds.
The SP also is learning, as she tweeted on Thursday, saying she had learned the philosophy and basic features of the Preventive Detention Act.