//Policing in the time of e-world

Policing in the time of e-world

LAW &ORDER Networking of police stations in Kozhikode city will go a long way in preventing and detecting crimes, writes Biju Govind

Though belatedly, the City Police are getting the benefits of new technology. Police stations will soon be connected through a computer network using the Crime Criminal Information System (CCIS). The Union Ministry of Home Affairs is funding the modernisation programme.

Kozhikode City Police Commissioner H. Venkatesh said 16 police stations in the city would be provided one computer each. This will be linked to the District Crime Records Bureau (DCRB), State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). To be implemented simultaneously in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram also, the CCIS will enable police stations under the jurisdiction of the three main cities to access information on history-sheeters and crimes in the State. The single software application that is being used will also help the Police Department to create a common sharable database on crimes of inter-district and inter-State, Mr. Venkatesh said.

As part of the countrywide programme, the NCRB has installed 750 servers in several districts and States. Using the tools of Information Technology (IT) in the Police Department is aimed at improving crime prevention, detection, internal efficiency and service delivery to the citizens.

Three officers attached to each station in the city will be imparted training in using the system to collect data and maintain records.

Kozhikode city consists of north, south and traffic sub-divisions with six circles apart from the Special Branch, DCRB, Juvenile Wing, Crime Detachment Cell, Narcotic Cell, Control Room and Armed Reserve, each under the command of an Assistant Commissioner of Police. In addition, the city unit has under its jurisdiction 14 local bodies. The system automates all information of integrated investigation, first information reports, complaints, office files and court matters.

Online facility will be provided to superior officers to transfer data from the police station to the State headquarters. It will also help the officers to interact with foreign police forces on sharing crime information.

The NCRB has already installed the Automated Finger Print Identification System, which will be integrated with the CCIS shortly. In the course of time, the City Police will be on a par with the most modern police forces in the country, he said.