UT okays 3 police projects meant to boost efficiency

In what will expedite investigations and curtain the delay in obtaining reports from expert institutions, the Chandigarh Administration has given the go-ahead for three major projects mooted by the Chandigarh Police.

One more proposal — this one about an all-women police station — has been prepared by the police and is likely to be sent next month to the administration for necessary clearance.

The projects cleared, which had been hanging fire for the past few years, are: a cyber crime laboratory, a trained bomb disposal squad and a fingerprinting bureau. The administration is considering setting up the two labs in Sector 17, Chandigarh.

For setting up a cyber crime laboratory, the UT Police had sent a request to the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) of India. CERT was requested this November to help the Chandigarh Police to train the police officers for handling cyber crime cases.

"I had visited CERT and then made a proposal to the administration for setting up a lab. The project was approved and now we are looking into the aspect of getting our officials trained by CERT experts," says Deputy Superintendent of Police (Cyber Crime Cell) Rajesh Kalia.

On the benefits of the laboratory, he says, "The sole purpose of setting up this lab is to increase the rate of cracking a case. For basic information like getting the contents of a computer hard disc and mobile phone data, we have to depend on the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory, which can take months to give a report. This lab can help us speed up the process."

The UT Police lacks a well-trained bomb disposal squad. As a result, to dispose of the bombshells which are often found in the Tricity area, help from the nearby military base is taken.

However, after the administration's approval for the squad, the National Security Guard (NSG) was contacted. "A team from the operations cell was made to handle bomb scare situations. We have contacted the NSG experts to help us impart training and setting up our own squad," said Inspector General of Police R P Upadhyaya.

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