NEW DELHI: As part of counter-terror cooperation between the two countries, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI) officers will next month train a select group of Indian police officials how to interrogate terror suspects in a "non-coercive manner".
The American training module is devised in such a way that the participants - mainly middle-level police officers - can explore and develop skills that allow them to conduct "non-coercive interviews" of terror suspects that are consistent with international human rights standards.
"Such skills will also meet the accepted standards for admissibility of such interrogation reports in most courts of law within the countries that are cooperating with each other on counter-terror measures," said an official.
After offering India a series of training modules for terror-related investigation, the US Embassy has recently asked the Union home ministry to nominate police officials, working in various law enforcement agencies, for an "Interviewing Terrorist Suspects (ITS)" course that will be held at an Indian police academy from August 27 to 31.
Sharing details of the course, the home ministry has written to chiefs of all state police and central police organizations, including paramilitary forces and National Investigation Agency (NIA), asking them to nominate two eligible officers (in the rank of inspector to SP) each for attending the training module.
"Twenty-four of them will finally be selected for the course, depending on their experience in the field of investigation," said the official.
The course topics will include human rights, interviewing for combating terrorism, effective communication skills, interviewing for result, analyzing the interview and interrogation.
"In addition, participants will identify potential challenges in implementing effective interviewing techniques at their agencies and develop strategies for overcoming any resistance encountered," said a home ministry note to states.
The participants would also get to develop "effective listening and observation skills that allow them to maximize the information gathered through an interview with a terrorist suspect and minimize contamination of that information".
While, offering the course, the US has, however, made it clear that it is not open for anyone working in intelligence agency or military unit. But, the personnel assigned to an intelligence unit within a law enforcement organization and those who support the law enforcement function of that organization are acceptable.
The US Embassy had last month come out with a training module to train Indian police officers to effectively investigate explosions and terrorist crimes scenes. That course will be held at Moyock in North Carolina from July 23 to August 10. The Post Blast course at Moyock will include a final practical exercise that will require participants to apply the skills acquired during the training to an actual explosive incident scene and determine the perpetrators in the scenario provided.