With an aim to promptly identify suspects and arrest them,the Haryana Police has launched IO Helpline,a round-the-clock helpline to facilitate the investigating officers of the state police force. The State Crime Records Bureau has created a database of over 1 lakh people with criminal track records and has uploaded it on its website.
From March 1,investigating officers (IO) will only be required to send certain details,including scene of crime,nature of crime,identification information of the accused and a possible modus operandi involved in the commission of crime,to the SCRB through phone or upload it on its website. The SCRB officials will get back to the IOs within a few minutes with a list of suspects.
A study conducted by us at SCRB has revealed that on an average around six-per cent criminals in Haryana are habitual offenders. Most of them adopt a peculiar modus operandi by which they are identified. Many have specific areas of operation and commit a specific nature of crime. Once the investigating officer provides us certain details,we will scan our database and prepare a list of suspects. The suspects details,including previous track record,address,suspected hideouts and pictures,will immediately be provided to the IO, said L R Dabas,Director,SCRB.
Haryana will be the first state in the country to have introduced such a facility. Our officers will be available 24×7 and the response time will be between 10-15 minutes. The investigating officers will be provided laptops and internet facilities,so that they can access information supplied by us without wasting time. It will certainly help us expedite identification and arrest criminals, Dabas added.
At present,the police adopts a longer method in seeking SCRBs help for identification of suspects. An FIR is registered,then the details are sent to the district and state crime branch offices,and SCRB and National Crime Records Bureau.
The communications take 15-30 days in most cases. With IO Helpline,communication will be faster and efficient, he said.