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UK to take help of UP for police modernisation

The team comprises 8 leading UK security companies and training organisations.

Statesman News Service | Lucknow |

UP’s popularity is going up in the country and abroad for a congenial law and order front after Yogi Adityanath took oath as the Chief Minister. UP, now, has become a model for others across the country.

Because of its zero tolerance policy in dealing with the law and order issues, there has been a steep fall in the crime graph. A number of the UK-based companies and organizations, involved in the modernization of police, have evinced their interest to work with UP.

A UK based team is expected to arrive in Lucknow on February 1 under the UK Police Technology Cooperation Trade Mission to India.

 The team comprises 8 leading UK security companies and training organisations. It will meet senior UP police officers to extract information about their expertise through presentation.

It, further, will work in partnership with their Indian partners to address the UP’s internal security challenges.

The New Delhi-based British High Commissioner has approached UP Director General of Police (DGP) Devendra Singh Chauhan for his support in these initiatives.

Anna Shotbolt, Deputy Commissioner for trade in South Asia, will lead the team which includes 8 leading UK security companies and training organisations.

 These will also include representatives from the Department for HMG, International Trade, the Home Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Organisation, the British High Commission and the UK-India Business Council.

The delegation includes UK companies working in the areas of Police Modernization relating to Cyber Security, Forensic Sciences, Crime Investigation, Traffic Management and Safe City, Secure Communication, Prison and Secure Facility Access Management, Drug and Narcotics Prohibition and Police Training Issues expertise.

Their representatives are expected to give a presentation to the senior officers of the UP Police.

The letter written by the British High Commission to the DGP read that during their summit meeting in May 2021, the Prime Ministers of the 2 countries welcomed a “new era” in bilateral relations.

As part of this, the United Kingdom is committed to greater collaboration between Indian and British government laboratories, academia and industry to jointly develop and produce the next generation of security capabilities.

The United Kingdom has committed to ensuring that this new era benefits all people and territories in both countries.  To take this engagement forward, representatives from the UK Police Technology Cooperation Trade Mission in India are arriving in Lucknow.

This will further strengthen the spirit of mutual cooperation between the two countries.

Notably, before the Uttar Pradesh Global Investors Summit (UPGIS), UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Kemi Badenoch wrote a letter to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath praising the development work done in the state, infrastructure and strengthening the business and investment environment.

At the same time, Team Yogi, which went to invite UK investors for UPGIS, got a very good response due to better law and order situation, excellent connectivity and investor friendly policies of the State Government.