Crime database goes online

Five southern states to exchange, collaborate and communicate information

 
A new portal has been launched, wherein the crime branches of various states have hosted details of various cases, so that the states can exchange information, communicate and collaborate among themselves.

The web portal - www.cidnetwork.in - is an initiative by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

It was launched on August 4 at the conference of police chiefs of the Southern states in Kerala.

The portal is designed on the lines of zonal integration police network (Zipnet) of Delhi. Police forces of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan besides Delhi share information on this portal.

This generic platform for the police is also serving as an interactive forum for the public.

But the southern states’ portal is not accessible to the public.

M N Reddi, IGP, CID, who is the architect of the southern states’ portal said it is a highly secured website for sharing intelligence in real time on inter-state criminals.

“Inter-state criminals try to take advantage of jurisdiction of police and escape. Lack of coordination among the police forces is obvious. But CID is mandated to handle inter-state criminals. So the portal or online information will serve as a communication tool among the states to trace criminals and follow up cases,” the officer said.

Dr D V Guruprasad, ADGP, CID said that at present it is time consuming to get information from other states regarding crime cases.

It is quick

“Sometimes it takes weeks to gather information. With the new web portal, access to information will be quick. Even the criminal intelligence gazettes will be hosted on the portal,” he said.

Reddi said that the portal has the details of criminals’ background, criminals who figure in the wanted list, people who have been issued with court warrants, photos of unidentified dead bodies, missing children, criminals wanted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, criminals involved in human trafficking, criminals involved in the field of fake currency notes, explosives, arms etc.

“It is important to have coordinated efforts to trace and nab criminals. Many times crime happens in one place but the criminals will be elsewhere. Now crime has become transnational. Sharing of intelligence becomes vital to solve cases,” Reddi said.

All available on one portal

The CID is planning to establish a crime tracking system.

Dr Guruprasad said under the proposed system information or data available with various agencies will be merged and made available to the police, so that tracking of criminals will be easier.

“We have access to lots of data including the ration card holders, cell phone users and vehicle owners. A software will be developed so that all these data will be made available at one portal. When we have such ready data, it will be easy to prepare crime map,” he said.

The officer said that such system is being followed in New York post 9/11.

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