Effective policing through digital systems

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New Delhi | Published: September 7, 2017 2:02:58 AM

The CCTNS portal will provide investigators complete record history of any criminal from anywhere across the country.

digital systems, Home minister Rajnath Singh, Digital Police portalHome minister Rajnath Singh launching the Digital Police portal under the CCTNS project in New Delhi.

The Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems, abbreviated to CCTNS, is a project under the government for creating a comprehensive and integrated system for effective policing through e-governance. Recently, CCTNS received a major fillip when the government announced that various organs of the criminal justice system including police, courts and prisons, will be linked with the CCTNS database.

Launching the Digital Police portal under the CCTNS project in the capital, home minister Rajnath Singh said his ministry will take steps to integrate the various organs of the criminal justice system such as the police, courts, prisons, prosecution, forensic laboratories, fingerprints records and juvenile homes with the CCTNS database. “This Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) will be a useful resource for all stakeholders, including the policy makers,” he said.

The home minister said the Digital Police portal will enable citizens to register FIRs online and the portal will initially offer seven public delivery services in 34 states and Union territories, like identity and address verification of employees, tenants, nurses, etc., permission for hosting public events, lost and found articles and vehicle thefts. Besides, the portal will enable restricted access to law enforcement agencies on topics such as antecedent verification and assessment of FIRs.

At present, out of the 15,398 police stations under the CCTNS project, 14,284 police stations are using CCTNS software. Out of these 14,284 police stations, 100% FIRs are being generated with this software in 13,775 police stations. The home minister said the pace of implementation of the CCTNS project is satisfactory in all states. He said that out of 15,398 police stations across the country, connectivity is enabled at 13,439 police stations. Out of 36 states/UTs, 35 states/UTs are sharing CCTNS database containing seven crore records that include 2.5 crore FIRs, he added.
Government officials said the CCTNS portal will provide investigators complete record history of any criminal from anywhere across the country. The software offers Google-type advance search engine and analytical reports. The portal offers 11 kinds of search and 44 types of reports.

Recently, the software was used to trace a few mentally challenged women from Tamil Nadu to Uttarakhand and help them reunite with their families, the minister added.

The CCTNS project is implemented by National Crime Records Bureau. Government officials said the CCTNS portal will form the backbone of the criminal justice system and this database will be
subsequently linked with the ministry of road transport and highways database on vehicle registrations. The portal will be a huge game changer, force multiplier and revolutionise the way police works in the country, officials said, while laying stress on the data accuracy and completeness of the database to make it a success.

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