MHA launches project to create database of crimes, criminals


The project to create a comprehensive and integrated system for effective policing and sharing data of crimes and criminals among 14,000 police stations across the country was launched by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday. The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) aims at creation of a nationwide networking infrastructure for evolution of IT-enabled sophisticated tracking system around "investigation of crime and detection of criminals".

Launching the project, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said CCTNS project would make a quantum jump in the ability of law enforcement agencies to check crime and nab criminals.

It will create a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing through adoption of the principle of e-governance. The chief secretaries and DGPs of all states were present on the occasion.

Under the CCTNS project, which was conceived by the then Home Minister P Chidambaram after the Mumbai terror attack, approximately 14,000 police stations throughout the country will be connected apart from higher offices in police hierarchy.

Home Secretary R K Singh said the CCTNS would be a comprehensive database for crimes and criminals and it would be easier for the law enforcement agencies to track down a criminal moving from one place to another.

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