Maldives’ new police academyDate: 29 March 2022 Tags: India & World
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will be attending the inauguration of the National College of Policing and Law Enforcement (NCPLE) in Addu City, Maldives.
The External Affairs Minister is on a two-day official visit to Maldives, where he will be monitoring various projects developed through bilateral cooperation.
The establishment of the police academy was the biggest grant-funded programme of India in Maldives till recently.
A MoU has signed between Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), and the Maldives Police Service.
The agreement will allow Maldives police to grow its capacities through training and the development of its curriculum.
Need for academy
The academy was first announced in 2015 during the tenure of Abdulla Yameen Gayoom but was delayed due to souring relationship with India.
The project was revived in 2018 after the Ibrahim Solih government was sworn in. The academy will help in strengthening law enforcement abilities and counter drug trafficking.
Importance of academy
Violent extremism as well as de-radicalisation are two of the biggest challenges that need to be countered by India and Maldives.
The academy will address these challenges and enhance cooperation between the two countries.
There are no radicalized groups but the recent bomb attacks on former president Mohamed Nasheed showed the glimpse of terrorism.
The government has taken many measures but has not been successful. The National College of Policing and Law Enforcement and advanced training programmes may help in this regard.
The academy may not single-handedly curb the complex security challenges faced by Maldives but it may start a process.
Challenges for maritime security
Protecting coastline is one of the biggest challenges of security. India, Sri Lanka and Maldives have established Colombo Security Conclave for intelligence sharing.