Puducherry police to get automated finger print system and criminal tracking network to share data base at national level

Puducherry police force will soon receive an Automated Fingerprint Identification System that will help identify criminals at the time of arrest.Connected to the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network (CCTN), it will also allow cops to match the fingerprints with data from stations across the country.

“The AFIS is a centrally sponsored scheme, which will cost Rs. 1 crore and is expected to be acquired in a month’s time,” Deputy Inspector General of Police I.D. Shukla told TheHindu on the sidelines of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the police department and NIIT for the implementation of the CCTN in Puducherry.

It will have seven scanners, which will allow the police to scan fingerprints and match it with data found in police stations across the country. Since the Union Territory is extremely porous, and many of the people who commit crimes in the UT are from other States, the system will help track criminals more efficiently. “Earlier, even fingerprint matching was a tedious process for the Puducherry Police, but now things will change,” he said.

On Thursday, the Puducherry police signed an MoU with NIIT to establish the CCTN in the UT. Through the CCTN, a total of 91 centres including 48 police stations in Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam will be networked and will be equipped with an exclusive Core Application Software. Through this software, police officers here will be able to access data on criminals and their records available in any station across the country.

All the FIRs filed and case details will be uploaded to the State Information Centre and facilities for public to file complaints and apply for other services will also be available. The Puducherry State Data Centre has provided its services as a shared model for the project.

The CCTN system will be implemented in two stages. In the first stage all the stations, superintendents and other senior officers will be connected through the system. The second stage, which is more crucial, will connect e-courts, jails and police stations, which will help facilitate speed up trials, he said.

At present, there is a video conferencing service between police stations and the courts, but this is only helpful in the case of remands. Through the second phase of the CCTN, details including data can be transferred to the judges and prosecutors to help them with their cases, Mr. Shukla said.

According to a police press release, the CCTN will make the police more people friendly and transparent, improve the delivery of citizen centric services, providing the investigating officers with tools to facilitate investigation of crime and detection of criminals, improve police functioning in law and order and traffic, facilitate interaction among police stations in district and State headquarters and keep track of progress of cases. It will also reduce the redundancy in record keeping.

Director General of Police P. Kamaraj, as the chairman of the Puducherry police and e-Governance Society, signed the MoU with NIIT senior vice president Venkat Patnaik facilitating the NIIT to operate as the system integrator with the approval of the Puducherry government and Ministry of Home Affairs.

The first phase of the project will be completed in the next three months.

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