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Meghalaya Police goes hi-tech

By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: To facilitate collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, transfer and sharing of data and information between the police stations and the police headquarter, the State Police on Monday launched the Centrally-funded Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS).
Director General of Police (DGP) Kulbir Krishan launched the CCTNS at the Sadar Police Station here on Monday.
The CCTNS is a Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan of the Union Government. CCTNS aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing through adoption of the principle of e-Governance and creation of a nationwide networking infrastructure for evolution of IT-enabled state-of-the-art tracking system for ‘investigation of crime and detection of criminals’.
Out of 96 police stations and police out posts all over the State, at present the CCTNS will be operative in only four Police Stations – Shillong Sadar PS and Laban PS in Shillong and one each in Tura and Dalu in West Garo Hills.
“This is one of the revolutionary reforms thought of for the Indian Police because, today police stations functions as unconnected islands but the voice connectivity between the police station and senior police officers through the use of mobile telephone has, somehow, bridged this gap,” Krishan said.
He stated that at present there is no system of data storage, data sharing and accessing data and there is no record of crimes or criminals that can be accessed, except the manual records relating to that police station which sometimes get lost.
“So the launch of this ambitious project in the State will facilitate the creation of a national databank of crime and criminals and their biometric profiles,” the DGP said adding that this database will have a handshake with databases of other agencies of the criminal justice system like courts, jails, immigration and passport authorities.
Presenting a brief summary about CCTNS, East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police M Kharkrang said that under the project, approximately 14,000 police stations throughout the country has been proposed to be automated beside 6000 higher offices in police hierarchy.
“The main objective of the CCTNS is to make police functioning citizen friendly and more transparent by automating the functioning of police stations besides improving delivery of citizen-centric services through effective usage of information and communication technology and providing the Investigating Officers with tools, technology and information to facilitate investigation of crime and detection of criminals,” Kharkrang stated.
This system will also benefit the citizens as they can register their grievances against any police stations online and they can keep track of the progress of their cases, including in courts. The CCTNS will also reduce manual and redundant records keeping, it was stated.
It was informed that trainings have been conducted for all the police personnel, including the constables, to enlighten them on the basics of the system and its technology to ensure that the best service is delivered to the citizens of the State.
Soon after the launch, the first e-complaint was filed by one Manik Mazumdar through the use of the newly launched system and a copy of the same was handed over to the complainant by the DGP.

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