Delhi Police eyes high tech makeover

Thursday, January 6, 2011

NEW DELHI - Automated finger print machines, CCTV cameras and traffic policemen armed with gizmos patrolling in zippy cars are some of the measures that Delhi Police Thursday promised to present a more technologically advanced force in 2011.

The ministry of home affairs has sanctioned a proposal for setting up CCTV cameras in 58 major markets and 27 border check posts. Till now, 18 markets and seven check posts were under surveillance, Delhi Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta said at Delhi Police’s annual press conference.

According to the commissioner, the video footage received from the CCTV cameras would be monitored at the police headquarters.

The technology will also help us during night time when there are less police personnel on the roads. The footage will give us detailed access to any crime committed. It will in a way compensate the shortage of policemen, Gupta told IANS.

He said Hyundai Accent cars or Maruti Suzuki Dzire cars would be inducted into the fleet of patrol vehicle, for improved mobility of sub-inspectors.

We have integrated technology to serve the people in a more efficient manner. Regular traffic updates are provided to people via social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and mobile messages.

An advanced version of ZIPNET (Zonal Integrated Police Network) used by police to identify dead or missing persons, stolen vehicles and data on criminals will see connectivity with neighbouring states like Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab, he said.

In order to identify repeat offenders, automated finger and palm print identification system will be in place in all the police stations of the city.

To curb the number of accidents on highways and expressways, Cyber Highway, an integrated data communication network has been proposed. It is being established through Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).

The station house officers and officers posted on operational duties would be provided with 751 new mobile connections in order to remain connected better with each other and people, he said.

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