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Odisha Police To Enable IOs Use Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones For Investigative Work: DGP

29 December 2017

Tapan Das

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Police has decided to scale up computerization of police stations under the Crime Criminal Tracking and Networking System (CCTNS) project. The project is being implemented under the national e-governance initiative at a cost of Rs 61 crores.

As per a press note of the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB), out of 612 police stations, 589 are now connected online to the State Data Center at Bhubaneswar and all FIRs are being drawn through the computer system. The remaining 23 police stations yet to be connected are mainly Marine Police Stations and Energy Police Stations which are in the process of being established.

After the review meeting, DGP R.P. Sharma told media, “Today we had a review meeting on the CCTNS project. Basically there is a State Empowered Committee and there is a State Mission Team also which monitor the progress of implementation of the CCTNS project.”

“In this review it’s now seen that we’ve nearly 490 police stations where the hardware and software pertaining to CCTNS project are available. But there are certain connectivity issues we need to address,” he informed.

He stated, “In the coming year 2018, we have 2-3 areas in the CCTNS project which we’re prioritizing. So far we are having broadband on internet, we’re now shifting from intranet to internet. Specially in those areas where connectivity is a problem, we’ll go in for internet kind of system. We’ll see that how does it function. We will go for the internet with all security features in place so that security doesn’t become a problem.”

“The big advantage of this will be to have a seamless data flow and also to enable the investigating officers to use this system in their report generation through their laptops, smartphones and tablets. In the present system we have to operate from the desktop computer installed in the police station building. It’s a very restrictive use. So I hope that the investigating officers can use this quite very extensively through their gadgets,” the Odisha DGP said.

The SCRB in its press note also said, “The CCTNS now operates through an intranet provided by BSNL. But, at many places there have been connectivity issues, which will be addressed by enabling connection on broadband internet. The existing system has limited the use to computer at police stations, wheras policing requires report generation and access to crime data on the go. The necessary security architecture will be put in place.”

The review meeting on the day also discussed ways of popularizing the 13 citizen-centric services being provided through the Odisha Police Citizen portal as part of the Government’s desire to emphasize on transparency, technology and teamwork.

Prominent among others, the significant review meeting was attended by ADG, CID Santosh Upadhyaya and SCRB director-cum-CCTNS project nodal officer Dr Sudhanshu Sarangi who made a detail presentation on the future roadmap for enhancing greater use of the CCTNS system.

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Dr. R. P. Sharma, DGP, Odisha