Mysore, Belgaum, Davangere, Gulbarga will also get one

Investigation into technology-aided crimes is set to get a boost with the setting up of cyber crime police stations in five cities, including Mangalore.

More than cracking cases such as phishing, these police stations are expected to lend their technical support for local police in deciphering data from the computers and mobile phones of the criminals.

Besides Mangalore, which is the headquarters of the Western Range, the State police have decided to set up such stations in Mysore, Belgaum, Davangere and Gulbarga — the headquarters of Western, Southern, Northern, Eastern and North Eastern police ranges, respectively. As of now, staff available at the Criminal Investigation Department are being posted to each of these police stations.

Inspector General of Police (Western Range) C.H. Pratap Reddy said with criminals being increasingly tech-savvy, the local police have to depend more and more on the personnel of the Cyber Crime Police Station in Bangalore.

“The personnel at the Cyber Crime Police Station are overburdened as they have to respond to requests from police stations across the State,” he said.

Over the last few months, senior officials have been making a strong case for setting up cyber crime police stations. “We wanted to be better equipped in detection of crime as offenders are increasingly using new and new technology,” Mr. Reddy said.

Director General of Police (CID) Bipin Gopalakrishna said the new police stations would speed up investigation process.

“We are working out modalities for setting up new stations. We will try to manage with whatever manpower is available to us. We will go for strengthening in future,” Mr. Gopalakrishna said and added the official announcement on new police stations would be made shortly.

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