Kiran Shruthi D.V. is Fourth Woman IPS Officer (P) to Lead the Dikshant Parade

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Kiran Shruthi D.V., an Indian Police Service officer of the 71st Batch of IPS, led the Dikshant Parade or passing out parade of probationary IPS officers. It is considered a prestigious honour for an IPS probationer. With this honour, Chennai’s D.V. becomes the fourth woman in the history of National Police Academy to lead the parade.

Considered to be an unforgettable moment for the IPS officers, the Dikshant Parade was held in at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) in Hyderabad. A total f 131 IPS officers including 28 women have passed the probation period. Out of these, 121 belong to the 2018 batch and remaining 10 to 2017 batch. Kiran Shruthi D.V. belonged to the 2018 batch. She won the Prime Minister’s Baton and Home Minister’s Revolver for being the best all-round probationary IPS officer. Apart from this, she has also been awarded the Shri Alakh Sinha Trophy for Investigation, K.K. Shaw Trophy for Scientific Aids to Investigation & The President of India Cup for Proficiency in Police Sciences. The Mehta Cup for Studies and 1973 Batch IPS Officers Trophy for the Best All-round Lady IPS Probationer are other awards that D.V won, according to a tweet by SVPNPA.

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The probation period involved two to three years of rigorous training in armed and unarmed combat and educating the officers about law, investigation procedures, human rights, cyber crimes, internal security and maintaining law and order. After the parade march, the officers have been officially shifted from probation to mainstream so that they can discharge their duties on the ground. Each officer has been allotted a cadre from where they will function. D.V. has been allotted the home cadre, Tamil Nadu.

In the past, three other women who led the parade are Laxmi Singh of 2000 IPS Batch, Isha Pant of 2011 batch and Shalini Agnihotri of 2013 batch.

Prime Minister’s Address To IPS Probationers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed the 131 IPS Probationers through video conferencing today. He talked about the stress and pressure that officers go through during the probation and training period. Encouraging the officers he said, as quoted by NDTV, “In your profession, unexpected events occur and you have to be always ready. Regular training is also vital. I urge you all that when you go out for doing duty, try to meet people or even teachers who can talk on such topics. This will help you in leading a stress-free life.” He also advised them to practice yoga and Pranayama to reduce stress in life.

Moreover, he addressed the issue of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and stressed on the importance of women officers in dealing with it. He said, as quoted by The Indian Express, “We need to prevent youth from taking the wrong path at the early stage itself. Women police personnel can do that by involving women there.”

He encouraged the officers to be proud of their Khaki uniforms and respect it because Police officers wearing the same uniform have immortalised their names for their exceptional services in the COVID-19 crisis.