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Capital debut for crime e-tracker

Crime and criminal tracking network and systems (CCTNS), an ambitious e-wired system to aid the police, was launched in the capital on Friday, making it the second Indian city after New Delhi to flag off this integrated delivery system that promises a paradigm shift in policing.

The CCTNS, which promises to provide a slew of services for policemen and citizens alike, was launched at Jagannathpur police station in HEC township by director-general of police (DGP) G.S. Rath.

The police station, one of the 38 in the state capital, was chosen as it has prominent landmarks nearby such as the Assembly, police headquarters and offices of several ministers and senior bureaucrats.

The system will be fully operational in a year, said state police spokesperson and IG (operations) S.N. Pradhan.

Once it does, the facility will keep track of various crimes, maintain a database of the accused and suspects and share intelligence reports on a network of computers across police stations in the state and the country.

This apart, the system will give store a minefield of information on arrested persons, wanted criminals, missing and kidnapped persons. It will also match this data with unidentified persons or bodies.

In addition, the system will help police with details of stolen and recovered vehicles, valuables and arms.

Gradually, it will also provide citizen e-services such as filing complaints and tracking their status online. It will also help users access permissible documents such as copies of FIRs and post-mortem reports on the Internet.

Users in time can also submit requests for issuance or renewal of no-objection certificates, clearances and permits. They can also check the status of requests online.

What should help every aam aadmi are e-services such as verification requests for servants, employment, passport and senior citizen registrations.

“Delhi started the CCTNS on January 4. We are in the loop just one week later. As many as eight FIRs were registered this year at Jaganathpur police station online today to mark the inauguration of this facility,” Pradhan said.

He added that the full benefits of the system would reach the common man in the days to come.

“Finally, there’s a platform that both the police and civilians can use and gain from. It will help policemen collect crime and criminal records and the public get status report on FIRs without wasting time. In its first phase in Jharkhand, CCTNS will cover Ranchi and Khunti,” the IG added.

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