Pune, 15th June 2021: City-based Maharashtra Intelligence Academy (MIA) has added another feather in its cap in its 12 years of existence. Recently, the premier intelligence training facility of Maharashtra Police was awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certificate.
“The certificate was awarded for the provision of intelligence training to Maharashtra Police. The ISO certificate will motivate us to do more,” MIA Director Mahadev Tambade said.
“Besides Maharashtra Police, the MIA also imparts training in intelligence tradecraft to police units from other states besides the Central armed police forces. We have experts from various central agencies also who share their expertise and train the officers,” he added.
The MIA, located on the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) campus near Wanawadi, was set up in 2009. “Certain lessons were learnt from the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and the MIA was established to impart training in intelligence gathering as well as providing security to vital installations, VIPs as well as coastal security. Terrorism, fundamentalism, bomb mechanism are also subjects of the training to intelligence officers as well as police personnel. The academy was formed after merging the erstwhile Special Security Training School, Wadachiwadi, and Special Branch Training School, Dadar,” Tambade informed.
According to DySP (Training) Vijay Palsule, 737 training modules have been organised till now, in which 21,047 officers and constables have been trained. The trainees include 5,528 officers and 15,519 constables. The MIA also trains staffs in various languages including Urdu, Bengali, Telugu, Madia Gondi, Gurmukhi and Kashmiri. Till now, 165 personnel have received training in languages.
The academy also provides basic training to directly recruited Assistant Intelligence Officer (AIO) of the Maharashtra State Intelligence Department (SID). Their training is for 11 months at the residential academy.
“For its illustrious training, the MIA has been awarded twice by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as the best training institute in the Western Zone. Maharashtra government has awarded MIA for its energy conservation and management practices. The MHA has also awarded five trainers as the best trainers,” said DySP (admin) Ashwini Rakh.
How to become an intelligence officer in Maharashtra Police?
The intelligence wing of the Maharashtra Police is called State Intelligence Department (SID). Now, they have a dedicated cadre and graduates are directly recruited. The SID had conducted an exam for AIO in 2019. These AIOs get basic training in intelligence tradecraft at MIA, Pune. The SID also gets staff on deputation from various units.
Apart from that, there is a special branch (SB) at the unit level (District Police/Commissionerate) to collect various intelligence. Then at the police station level, there is a local intelligence branch (LIB) for gathering intelligence on the grassroot level. SB and LIB have police personnel from local police units and they are also being trained at MIA now.
So, you can join intelligence services in Maharashtra either directly (SID) or through various police units.