Quick Response Team seeks defence officers experienced in cracking urban terror modules
Close to a hundred young cops who are ready to tackle any terror crisis in the city, are waiting to supplement their skill under a retired defence officer who is experienced in cracking urban terror modules. 96 constables and seven officers have been selected after undergoing rigorous selection procedures, while some among them have even completed their NSG training.
Well prepared: QRT are trained to handle state of art weapons such
as MP5 and AK45 and Glock pistols
Pune's Quick Response Team, (QRT) who are trained at the Force One Headquarters in Mumbai, put up an advertisement on the website www.punepolice.gov.in, fifteen days ago, seeking officers to train the young batch in countering terror situations.
Sources close to the QRT said, "We received applications from two retired defence personnel, but we are not accepting their services since they have limited experience in countering terror attacks in urban surrounding."
Headquarter I DCP S L Sardesh Pande clarified, "Our QRT officers are well prepared, the advertisement has been put up only to provide our men special guidance from commandos or army officials who may have participated in cases such as the attack on the Parliament or the Akshardham terror situation."
Pune currently has eight QRT teams comprising one officer and 11 members each. According to sources, the team members are trained to handle the state of art weapons such as MP5 and AK45 and Glock pistols.
Initially the team members were given target-practice once a month, but now they will be made to practice once a week, the source added.
The teams reportedly have bullet proof vehicles including seven Scorpios, four light vans and adequate number of bullet proof jackets.
Reportedly the QRT conduct frequent mock drills throughout the city to improve their efficiency. Recently the team had also prepared detailed maps of eighty sensitive establishments in the city, to enable quick mobility incase a problem arises in the areas.
Sources revealed that apart from super skill training provided at Force One HQ and SRPF Unit One, the team is frequently made to watch Hollywood Action movies to improve their strategic planning skills and develop techniques to successfully counteract attacks.
After the Ram Pradhan Committee report on 26/11 necessitated the need for appointment of smaller units, the sanction for Quick Response Teams was made. The 96 member team was established in Mumbai, Pune, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Solapur, Nashik Aurangabad, Nanded, Nagpur