Telangana police have now developed a dedicated messaging app, where officials can log in to communicate about instances of crime or patrol duty. The app called ‘COP Connect’ aims to share information between officials quickly and effectively.
In the mould of WhatsApp, the app, however, does not put a limit on the number of members in a group. “A separate server for this purpose in the data centre of Information Technology and Communications enables to include any number of users in a single group,” a senior police officer told The Hindu.
The app allows the officers to share information, not only in the form of text but also images and videos. The image of a stolen car in Ram Kothi in Hyderabad or the video of a fleeing perpetrator in Warangal can be circulated immediately to alert officers in other vicinities.
“It is not just about the incidence of crime. Even training modules and detailed content on other policing policies can be distributed among police personnel at the click of a button,” the officer added.
With different groups in the app, information-sharing will be more organised. In some groups, officers ranking from constables to commissioners are present.
Officials say, “COP-Connect would be of immense use to police persons and officers moving at the field level. Especially in cases of missing persons, thefts, burglaries and dacoities.”
The app, as stated is highly useful for the officers and represents transparency in operations. Without giving anyone ideas, here’s hoping the servers of the app are kept under lock and key.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)
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