5 ways how Smart Policing will help reduce crimes in Assam!
Guwahati, Dec. 9: Grappling with the rising crime graph and poor show in disposal of criminal cases, Assam police have, in the past few years, incorporated a host of IT-enabled facilities in order to shed its lage lahe (slowly slowly) image and inch towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi's concept of smart policing.
This comes when the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reports found the state reporting surge in crime, particularly against women and children.
TNT- The Northeast Today takes its readers through at least five major steps taken by the police and how it could bring in more professionalism in their functioning.
#1 FIRs on the net: All FIRs (more than 86,000) filed by citizens this year has been digitized and put up on its website, as per the instruction of the Supreme Court to. Director general of Assam police, Mukesh Sahay said citizens could now check the FIRs online and even download their copies by logging into the police website. "This will help us maintaining transparency," he said. The move assumes importance as many complainants often express concern that police officials do not give them copies of FIRs (although mandatory) and even tempers with the FIRs to weaken their cases.
#2 Online citizen services: Seven citizen services are available online since January this year. People can log in to the citizens portal of the state police and apply for uploading details of their tenants, domestic helps, employee verification, character certificate, permission for protest or strike, request for procession and request for events. The DGP said use of the online facility could help people get the services in less time. "Earlier people had to go to a police station and submit their application manually, now they can do so from their homes or offices. People will get intimation about the services on their mobile phones and can collect the permits or certificates from the police stations," Sahay said.
#3 Email communication: All police stations now use emails for internal communication among themselves or higher offices. The use of emails would reduce the physical work load on police personnel, who earlier had to visit the police stations physically to handover documents or information.
#4 Computer training: More than 2,000 police personnel have been trained on the use of computers for performing their daily activities while another 8,000 has been provided basic computer training so far. "Now police persons can enter the general diary directly to the computers instead of the manual system we used to follow earlier. This will definitely save time and improve our functioning, particularly at the police station level," DGP said.
#5 Cyber lab: A state of the art cyber crime lab forensic laboratory has been set up in Guwahati and seven others would come up in range headquarters soon. This could assist police in cracking the cyber crime cases given the increasing number of cases such as hacking of websites, use of social media for criminal activities, harassment of women on social media sites, among others.
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