Himachal Pradesh is all set to roll out an advanced and effective policing system — Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), a fully centrally funded project on date sharing on crime and criminals, beside offering citizens ‘ friendly services on real-time basis.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will launch the pilot project on Wednesday to connect 177 sites, including state’s 114 police stations, 13 district headquarters, 26 Sub-Divisional police officers, beside three police ranges headed by IPG rank officers and state’s crime records bureau.
Director General of Police Sanjay Kumar, who briefed media-persons on key objectives of the new initiative said the CCTNS is aimed to create country-wide network to make the criminals tracking easier for purposes of investigations, crime prevention, law enforcement and other functions like traffic management, emergency responses during tragedies including thefts and road accidents. The new policing system also aims at improving IT enabled tools used by the police.
“The biggest advantage of the project will be creation of an improved delivery service for the citizens and other stake holders by providing access to the police services, including community police schemes, registration of migrant labour and foreigner registrations. Once the system is launched the citizens can log-in to the web-postal to know status of their complaints/FIRs. Initially all four police stations of Shimla will be automatised” he said.
Online lodging of complaints/FIRs by the citizens and getting a status report online will be new service available to the citizens.
The new network will create a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of the policing from the rank of DGP’s to Thana’s incharg. Few of these like Gujarat, Karnakata, Maharashtra, AP and Telangana have already such system in place.
Earlier IGP (Crime) Satwant Atwal Trivedi highlighted the details of the project and some of the scrutiny features developed by the state police.
“All the project implementation activities such as site servey, site preparations,computer hardware deployment and installations at the sites, network connectivity, capacity building (including training of 5500 policemen ) have been completed in the time bound manner despite hard climatic and geographical challenges of snow-bound valleys and tough terrains”, she explained.