CCTNS to aid Goa police in tracking criminals


The Goa police will soon be linked to Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS),  which entails sharing crime and criminal information, while automating functions at police station levels, revealed the Superintendent of Police, Special Branch and State Crime Record Bureau, Mr Atmaram Deshpande.
The SP while elaborating further told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the system is expected to bring in transparency and efficiency in the police working across the country — in all the states and all the Union Territories.
Mr Deshpande informed that the basic objective of CCTNS project is to connect all the police stations and their supervisory offices across the country for sharing of crime and criminal information while automating the functions at police station levels.
He stated that the system would benefit police in getting quick and easy records, with significant reduction in manual record/register maintenance at the police stations.
The CCTNS would help in eliminating duplication and inconsistency in record keeping besides providing easy access to crime and criminal records for investigation and prosecution functions, he added.
This will reduce workload and time in sharing information on investigations, he informed, adding the CCTNS may even help in timely information for crime prevention leading to better beat schedules and effective controlling.
Mr Deshpande pointed that this project of Ministry of Home Affairs is worth Rs 2,000 crore and added that the central government is providing software and hardware besides funds for infrastructure to be created for running the project.
Police stations in the state are already networked to Goa Broad Band Networking and the software which will run this system, said Mr Deshpande, adding that this scheme is being finalised and the pilot project implementation would take place in the first week of January 2013.
After which the system will be taken up in Panaji sub- divisional police station, Old Goa police station and Agacaim police station on pilot basis and after successful testing of the project we will be implementing it across all the police stations in the state including Crime branch, Anti Narcotics Cell, women police stations, he added.
Basic benefit would be the creation of data bases and quick retrieval  of crime and criminal information at the click of a button within the police networking.
A citizen portal is envisaged in the same project, which will make available to citizens  certain police services online including tracking of progress made in complaint etc. The project is expected to bring transparency and efficiency in the police working. [NT]