First phase of the project regarding digitisation of records nearing completion

Moving towards transparency in police administration, station wise digitisation of records in Madurai City Police from 2001 to 2011 that was taken up for phase one is nearing completion.

In the first phase, three stations – Tallakulam (B 1), Vilakuthoon (C 1) and Thideer Nagar (D 1) -- were taken up for updating records.

According to officers in-charge of the digitisation project, “so far, 85 per cent of work has been completed. Out of 11,230 cases reported during the last decade in the above three stations, close to 9,500 cases have been digitised by the team. By December end, the balance work would be completed,” they added. In the next phase, ie, beginning January 2013, Temple (B 2), Subramaniapuram (C 2) and Sellur (D 2) police stations would be taken up for digitisation, which would be completed in about two to three months.

In all, the station-wise records in Madurai City Police would be fully stored in the digitised format by 2013 end, they noted.

CCTNS project

Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System or CCTNS is a joint project initiated by the Government of India and Tamil Nadu government.

The CCTNS, was launched last year with a fund allocation of Rs. 113 crore, and is expected to improve the efficiency in functioning of police. In Tamil Nadu, the Tiruvallur district police has been digitised in the CCTNS format and Sivaganga district would be taken up in 2013, officers said.

Speaking to The Hindu , Inspector General and Commissioner of Police Sanjay Mathur said that CCTNS would enhance the productivity of every police personnel handling it.

It could store more details about the criminals, their modus operandi, about missing persons, confessions of criminals, recovery done by police, crime pattern, sections registered and among others.

In the CCTNS, there are plenty of applications. For example, CIPRUS (Common Integrated Police Record Updation System) is a modified version with a number of user friendly applications which helps in easy identification of criminals and facilitates in collection, storage and retrieval of data as well.

The CIPRUS has three modules namely – Registration module, Investigation module and Prosecution module.

From registering the FIR at the station level to the next stage of filing charge sheet and the court proceedings could be stored in a comprehensive manner.

The investigation officer and the team of police personnel investigating a crime would have individual login identity and the user ID would be unique.

Senior police officers would have access to view the progress of the cases at different stages, the IGP added.

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