CID launches mobile app with centralised criminal database, limited public access

West Bengal police officers will be benefited, as this app can provide them with information about crimes and criminals.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: October 28, 2016 12:49:53 am

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Thursday launched a mobile application that will make it easy for investigating officers to get hold of records and other details about criminals, and will also be partially accessible to the public.

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“This app is developed in-house. It has an integrated approach, and the trial process has been on for police officers. For the last one year, investigating officers have been getting benefits. A few features are available to the public. The app will be useful to those who want to know information related to vehicles and any offences under them, or directions to the nearest police station. The app is a combination of two components – One for the public and the other for police officers. Kali Puja is around the corner, so if anyone wants to report anything, they can do it through this app. I hope this goes a long way to help the police department as a whole,” said state Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha.

State police officers will be benefited, as this app can provide them with information about crimes and criminals. Investigating officers have been using this medium to seek information from each other, and consider it to be of great use.

The application, developed under the leadership of Inspector General (CID) Sanjay Singh, is available to the public in a limited capacity.

“Crime-Criminal-Search can be accessed at It will be a public page, anyone can search for a vehicle number and find out if the vehicle had been a part of any offence, and the app can also help people navigate to the nearest police station from their current location. It also has an option where people can help in identification of any persons,” said IG (CID) Sanjay Singh.

According to officials, this application is a centralised database of 2,44,538 crimes and 2,01,682 criminals developed by CID. It is currently being used by 1,663 authorised officers of various ranks.

The app will ensure advanced searches for crimes through keywords. There is another unique feature under which an alert can be generated for any criminal by providing his/her name and other personal details.

Thereafter, whenever that criminal is arrested anywhere in Bengal, the officer who set the alert will receive an e-mail alert. The application was launched in the presence of ADGP (CID) Dr. Rajesh Kumar, ADGP (A) Sudhir Mishra, IGP(II), CID, Jawed Shamim and other eminent

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