With the Central Reserve Police Force getting a new boss at its helm, the force is undergoing a gradual change with focus on building a better team spirit and training. K Vijay Kumar, the recently appointed CRPF Director General, has informally introduced a system of training called the 'One Minute Drills'.
The one-minute drill is a series of exercises that CRPF personnel have to do in a minute, which includes individual as well as team exercises. The drills are compiled in a book brought out by the National Police Academy, Hyderabad, which was earlier headed by the CRPF chief. Kumar, a 1975-batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre has compiled the book. Of the many drills, the most interesting one are related to cleaning of two guns at one time and life saving techniques that can be used when countering anti-national elements including the Naxals. The drills also include quick techniques for jungle survival, camouflage and undertaking unarmed combat.
"The focus of the new chief seems
Kumar, who shot to fame after he led the Special Task Force which killed forest brigand Veerapan, first visited Chhattisgarh, which has seen a series of Naxal violence, as soon as he took over. "My priorities are to see that things (indicating operations and other aspects) going on are more purposeful... also keeping in mind the governments view and agenda," Kumar, told reporters after taking charge on October 6.