New Delhi, The relentless efforts has finally paid off as COTPA (The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003) Act has been included in the syllabus of the Delhi police training academy. The academy will train its officers and cadets on the harmful effects of tobacco use in any form and the necessary Tobacco control laws to stop tobacco usage in the country. The inclusion of the law in the training process will eliminate the need to separately train officers in active service.
Dr. Heena Shaikh, Project manager, Sambandh Health Foundation said that a letter had been sent on 23rd June 2017 requesting the inclusion of the COTPA (The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003) Act in the syllabus of the police training academy. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Priya Mitra Kaushik has written to the Special Commissioner of Police (Training) requesting the inclusion of the act in the syllabus.
Dr Shaikh has informed that all future training in the Delhi Police Academy will include the training on COTPA (The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003) Act under which the officers and cadets will be informed about the harmful effects of the use of tobacco. The training will also involve the information on the actions that can be taken by the police under the said act. This will help train the officers and cadets on the harmful effects of tobacco use and the ways in which they can help in curbing the problem.
Ms. Mohini Daljit Singh from Max India Foundation said that Delhi Police, Sambandh Health Foundation and Max India Foundation has been implementing the Tobacco Free Delhi and tobacco Free Educational Institutes campaigns. The campaigns are being implemented by the police with the help of challans for offenders. There has also been a decrease in the sale of the tobacco products near the school campuses. The police have played a vital role in the success of the campaigns and we welcome the new step taken by Delhi Police.