Last week, South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield Hallam University hosted thirty police officers from India for a week of learning.
The senior officers joined us from the Madhya Pradesh state of Central India. Combined, they are responsible for policing over 70 million people. The state is policed by 119,000 officers, housed in 1059 police stations.
The visit, which was facilitated by the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University, gave the visiting police officers an insight into policing across the region.
Across the five days, our guests visited various areas of the force and joined in discussions around the key issues we face here in South Yorkshire including cyber-crime, human trafficking and modern slavery and domestic abuse.
This comes as The Helena Kennedy Centre continue to work in partnership with the officers, as well as those in the Delhi, Punjab and Haryana areas of India, on a project ‘Justice for Her’. The project, developed in 2016, works in increase access to justice, rights and protection for women and girl victims.
The group also spent time observing Public Order training, meeting the Mounted Unit and out on patrol with local neighbourhood teams.
Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, from South Yorkshire Police said: “We were delighted to host the officers of Madhya Pradesh here in South Yorkshire. It is another example of our close working relationship with Sheffield Hallam University.
"As well as being a good opportunity to share our good practice with colleagues from India, it also allowed us to learn from a service that polices such a vast and diverse area, and hearing about their challenges and priorities.”
Dr Sunita Toor of Sheffield Hallam University's Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice said: "It was been a fantastic few days for our visitors.
"It's exciting that we are helping to foster a meaningful international partnership between Madhya Pradesh Police and South Yorkshire Police - we're looking forward to doing many more visits like this in the future. I’m excited to see where we can take this collaboration - helping to build stronger communities both at home and across the world.”