The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), is set to be launched in the city soon. The Government of India’s ambitious project will commence from Chatushrungi police station, and for that purpose personnel from the police station have received extensive training.
CCTNS is an online policing system developed by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Currently, police stations across the country are not connected online with respect to crime and criminal tracking, and there is no uniform system in which data storage, sharing and accessing information regarding criminals and cases is available. Keeping this in mind, the govt conceived the CCTNS project in 2009.
With this mechanism, data of crime cases and criminals with their biometric profile like fingerprints can be stored digitally, and as this is inter-connected with all the police stations and concerned offices, the respective officials can access the information. The aim is to facilitate collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, transfer and sharing of data at and between police stations, state headquarters and central police organisations.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), is the central nodal agency that would manage CCTNS, which is being implemented nationwide. The NCRB has already sanctioned Rs 200 crore to the Maharashtra Criminal Intelligence Department (CID), the nodal agency for the implementation of the project in the state.
Police inspector (crime) Subhash Nikam of Chatushrungi police station said that networking for the pilot project has been started at the police station level and as the venture is in the initial stages, four police personnel and an inspector level officer have been trained by the CID for the project and they would be starting their work soon.
Finger on the pulse
Additional Director General of Police of CID SP Yadav said that under this project, they have taken fingerprints of over 95 lakh criminals and these have been digitised and uploaded on the system. “The implementation of the project was in its final phase and would serve as a single point source of a biometric database of all criminals, which would be available to all the 14,000 police stations and 1,300 prisons in the country. In Maharashtra, the project will link 1,125 police stations and 38 prisons,” he added.