All the 67 police stations in the district have been interconnected as part of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), a nationwide network.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Tirunelveli Range) Sumit Sharan inaugurated the system here on Thursday in the presence of Superintendent of Police Vijayendra S. Bidari and Additional Superintendent of Police P. Mahendran.

The Rs. 2,000-crore project was launched in New Delhi in January to create an integrated system for effective policing and sharing data of crimes and criminals among 14,000 police stations across the country. This project, being implemented in Tamil Nadu on an outlay of Rs. 113.24 crore, is being executed in the districts in phased manner and is likely to be completed by this month-end.

Now, it will be easier for the police to track down a criminal who moves from one place to another. This system enables police stations to register First Information Reports and case details on computer and send the information to the State Data Centre (SDC) for storage and retrieval.

Historical records on crimes and criminals will be digitised and stored in the SDC and also at the Disaster Recovery Centre in Pune.

The National Informatics Centre’s Common Integrated Police Records Updation System (CIPRUS) software, an advanced version, is being used as State Core Application Software in CCTNS for updating the information by the police stations across the State.

This system is being implemented to cover 2,899 locations, including 1,482 police stations, 479 higher officials and 938 special units in the State. Information on any particular criminal or crime can be retrieved in all these places within a few minutes.

Initially, 10 year-old case details have been digitised and three policemen per station have been trained in CIPRUS data entry. Ccomputer-generated acknowledgement will be given to the complainants as registration of First Information Report goes online.