Sangrur: Police bans personnel from using call recording software

The order, issued by SSP Pritpal Singh Thind, says some personnel were downloading call recording software to record official conversations and that such recordings could be “misused”.

Written by Jagdeep Singh Deep | Chandigarh | Published: August 30, 2016 2:45:49 am

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Sangrur on Monday banned police personnel from installing call recording softwares on their mobile phones. The SSP directed officers to carry out surprise checks on phones of district personnel to check whether they recorded any official conversations.

The order, issued by SSP Pritpal Singh Thind, says some personnel were downloading call recording software to record official conversations and that such recordings could be “misused”.

Thind confirmed to The Indian Express that he had issued such an order.

“We have asked them not to record officials calls. We have nothing to do with their private conversations, but officials recordings could be misused so we took a preventive measure,” clarified Thind.

“It has been observed that the new recruits have softwares in their mobile phones which enable them to record the conversations automatically. Recording anyone’s call is also an offense and if, during the checking of the phone it is found that the cops has recorded the conversations then strict action would be taken against him or her,” read the order.

The unit heads, including the Station House Officers (SHOs) were also directed i to check the mobile phones of all the cops to know whether they have any recordings in their phones and submit a report withing three days of the issuance of the orders.

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