Pilot project of Crime and Criminal Tracking Network goes live in State

The pilot project of Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), formally inaugurated by the Union government three days ago, has gone live in the State on Monday.

Chief Secretary Mini Mathews declared open the pilot project covering Cyberabad Commissionerate, Chittoor and West Godavari districts by clicking the mouse at a function organised at the Madhapur police station of Cyberabad.

Aimed at integrating database on crimes and criminals by connecting 14,000 police stations in the country and helping citizens avail police services online, the project was implemented by the Union Home Ministry with the National Crime Records Bureau as the nodal agency.

Ms. Mathews, who is also Chairperson of the Apex Committee on CCTNS, said the project would help the police in ensuring speedy trial of a case. Referring to the proposed national database on sex offenders, she felt that it would bring in a paradigm shift in the way the crime against women was viewed.

With the photo and profile of a sex offender included in the database and made accessible to general public, the accused would bear criticism from society. The Chief Secretary said police should be two steps ahead of the criminals in technological know-how, and the pilot project would accelerate free flow of information among different police units.

DGP V. Dinesh Reddy said Andhra Pradesh was the first State to implement the project within three days of its launching by the Centre. The information gathered from different police stations would be supplied to the State Data Centre to be set up at Gachibowli which in turn would be connected to the National Data Centre in Delhi and with capitals of other States.

Data recovery centres

For data retrieval in case of a calamity, a data recovery centre of each State would be installed in other States. For example, the Gujarat data recovery centre would be in Andhra Pradesh and the latter’s either in Gujarat or Maharashtra.

He said 10,000 police personnel would be trained to operate the CCTNS project in the State. Explaining benefits of the project, Police Computer Services and Standardisation IG Anjani Kumar displayed how a policeman sitting in Madhapur police station can access the First Information Report registered by the Subedari police of Warangal district at the click of a mouse. “Similar details from police stations of other States can be secured,” he said.

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