National Police Academy, the premier Police Training Institution in Pakistan has had a long and rich history. Its journey started from Police College Sardha in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) after independence in 1947. Police Service Traditions started their development among the officers who were trained there.
The events of 1971 also robbed Police Service of Pakistan of its only training facility for Assistant Superintendents’ of Police. The Academy at Sardha started to cater to the needs of the newly created nation of Bangladesh. In Pakistan, makeshift arrangements were put in place for training of probationary officers. The first temporary stop was the Civil Services Academy, Walton Lahore. This was shifted to the Historic Police Training College Sihala near Islamabad.
In 1978, Government of Pakistan took first steps towards the establishment of National Police Academy. A training facility was established at Soan Camp on the outskirts of Rawalpindi with offices in rented premises in Islamabad. Though an improvement on the previous arrangements at Police College Sihala, this arrangement also lacked important facilities which are essential for Police Training. National Police Academy was dependent upon Police College Sihala for provision of riding, firing and obstacles facilities. In addition, the distance between training and administrative wings also contributed to ineffective supervision of training activities.