As India continues to transition resolutely towards a digital future, even fighting crime is going the same way. Sanjauli police station in Shimla has become the first police station in India to adopt the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), which allows people to lodge complaints online, among other services.
The CCTNS Project is an ambitious initiative that proposes to automate 14,000 police stations in the country besides 6,000 higher offices.
This includes circles, sub-divisions, police headquarters and some scientific and technical organisations such as the Finger Print Bureau.
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Under this scheme, civilians will be able to lodge complaints both online and offline, and also easily apply for police verification for jobs, migrant labour registrations and more. This also opens up a number of tools and technologies available to the police to be able to successfully solve crimes.
Additionally, through CCTNS, police stations will easily be able to communicate with one another through the network. For instance, since the Sanjauli police station has been linked with CCTNS, it will be able to automatically communicate and share information more easily to the posts in Manikaran in Kullu district, Solan City and Dada Siba in Kangra district, which had also been simultaneously linked.
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Due to this automation, the government is hoping that the process becomes more friendly and transparent to civilians and improves police functioning in everything from fighting crime to bettering traffic management. The supervisory officer of the police department will be able to monitor the daily “diary” once the software has been installed, making even the governance process easier. This move also looks at reducing manual and redundant record-keeping.