Puducherry

Police may adopt AI to fast-track probe

Upgrading skills: The Puducherry police hope that with the new software installation, they will be able to track down the hardened criminals and close the cases quickly.

Upgrading skills: The Puducherry police hope that with the new software installation, they will be able to track down the hardened criminals and close the cases quickly.   | Photo Credit: S_S_KUMAR

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The department has prepared a list of 700 criminals with their photographs and modus operandi

The Puducherry police are planning to use artificial intelligence to speed up investigation and nab the criminals.

The face recognition system developed by a private firm will match the photographs and inputs of hardened criminals and their modus operandi with the details available in the police records.

Although the application has not yet been launched, the department is in touch with the private firm and intends to use face recognition system as part of crime prevention. Artificial intelligence will be useful in conducting investigation of various crimes, said a top police officer.

“The police department has prepared a list of 700 criminals across the union territory, including their pictures, crime patterns and modus operandi.

“The photographs of the criminals will be digitised and uploaded. When the police zero in on a suspect from a crime scene, the investigating officer can run the face recognition software to check if the photograph and other data match with the criminal’s database,” Director-General of Police S.K. Gautam told The Hindu.

The Puducherry police had planned to upload the photos and details of criminals from neighbouring Cuddalore and Villupuram districts in Tamil Nadu.

The software would be installed on the mobile phones of police officers to enable early response and nab the criminals, Mr. Gautam said.

The face recognition system is part of the Puducherry police department’s ambitious crime prevention plan to be rolled out this month. Investigating officers in each police station will be trained on using the software.

The police believe that it will be an enhanced tool for investigation.

The police have a separate list of hardened criminals from repeat offenders and those involved in petty crimes by invoking the provisions of the Goondas Act and executing bonds under Section 110 of CrPC for maintaining good behaviour.

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