Vijayawada

State’s first cyber crime police station opens in Vijayawada

Going hi-tech:  DGP R.P. Thakur flagging off interceptor vehicles of the city police in Vijayawada on Thursday.

Going hi-tech: DGP R.P. Thakur flagging off interceptor vehicles of the city police in Vijayawada on Thursday.

Victims of financial cyber frauds and crimes can hereafter walk straight into the Cyber Crime Police Station (CCPS) and lodge a complaint without having to visit the local police stations in the limits of city police commissionerate.

Director-General of Police R. P. Thakur inaugurated the swanky CCPS with state-of-the-art technology and software on Thursday. It is the first exclusive station for cyber crimes in the State.

The station located close to the office of the Commissioner of Police functions like a Law & Order police station and will receive complaints from victims and register First Information Reports before investigating the cases.

The station headed by Inspector K. Srinivas Rao will have specially recruited and trained police personnel with an engineering background.

Mr. Thakur said that it was the first such station in the State and the second one would come up in Visakhapatnam commissionerate in a week.

“Apart from cyber stations, we are developing seven cyber labs across the State that will help local police deal with cyber crimes and also to create awareness on cyber crimes among the public,” he added. The labs will be established in the coming three months at State police headquarters, Vijayawada, Anantapur, Kurnool, Rajahmundry, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam, he said.

Interceptor vehicles

Earlier, Mr. Thakur flagged off 12 “interceptor vehicles” aimed at improving visible policing and quick response in the city. The vehicles were given to the city police by the State government recently.

The interceptor vehicles will be strategically stationed in 16 locations in the city every day. In the wake of increased activity in the city, the interceptor vehicles with various facilities will come in handy for the police, Mr. Thakur said.

Each interceptor vehicle is equipped with breath analyser, digital camera, GPS, bulletproof jackets for four men, body protector, and others required to tackle planned and unplanned situations like dharnas, rallies and agitations.

Each interceptor will be manned by two armed reserve constables, a civil constable and a driver. A total of 96 men will be working on the 12 vehicles in two shifts a day.

The DGP also unveiled a WhatsApp number (7328909090) of city police to which citizens can report issues in the form of videos, images and text.

Commissioner of Police Ch. Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, senior police officials, District Collector B. Lakshmikantham and others were present.


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