The central government has started a digital police portal for online requests for passport verification, online cyber crime complaint registration, verification of servants, etc. The portal aims to create and maintain a single centralized national database of crimes and criminals by integrating the CCTNS project with e-courts. And e-gel data base.
The digital police portal which is now live on digitalpolice.gov.in is being designed and maintained by the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS). Out of a total of 16,671 police stations, 13,775 have been enabled in the digital platform to capture 100% of the data in the software.
The digital portal will allow police and central investigative agencies to conduct searches and reports from national databases of crimes and criminals. This database can be used by state police and central investigative agencies to check records or any information against any criminal for inspection purposes.
Digital Police Portal – A Smart Policing Initiative
- The digital police portal is a platform for citizens to file crime related complaints online and verify for potential employees (for domestic help, drivers etc.), tenants or for any other purpose. Citizens can also demand authentication of their own ancestors.
- The portal will provide access to individuals authorized to use the national database of crime records for the purpose of providing investigation, policymaking, data analytics, research and civil services.
- The portal consolidates data on current and past crime incidents across the country. This data includes information related to the accused or convicted persons in criminal cases as well as property theft / seizures, missing persons, recovered / unknown bodies etc. This information will help in speeding up police investigation to solve crime as well as providing confirmed verification services to citizens.
- The portal also produces various thematic reports of crime incidence trends across the country to facilitate policy analysis and intervention. For example, reports related to crimes against women and children, social trends of crimes, patterns of groups related to a particular age or educational qualification, and so on, can generate crimes that are more prevalent in some areas. Data in this portal.
- Crime and criminal data and reports can only be searched by authorized police officers to protect the privacy of the individuals concerned and for national security reasons. Citizens seeking criminal retaliation verification services will be given responses via email.
- The DIGITAL POLICE portal is a smart policing initiative of the Ministry of Home Affairs, as provided by the Honorable Prime Minister to provide services to the citizens and assist in efficient police investigations.
Online complaint registration on digitalpolice.gov.in portal
To file an online complaint against criminals for any crime, violence and illegal activity, the applicant has to follow the procedure given below
Phase 1: Applicant must visit official website
step 2: Go to “nowCivil services”Section for filing complaints.
step 3: Then click on the 1, 2 or 3 related link mentioned above. The number 1 link is to report a cyber crime. The number 2 link is to apply for central civil services. The number 3 link is to the services provided by the State Police Citizen Portal.
step 4: These links will redirect you to a separate portal where you can easily file your complaint online.
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Services for Citizens on Digital Police Portal
As mentioned above, there are 3 sections under service for the civilian section on Digital Police Portal: –
Report cyber crime
The official link to report cyber crime is https://cybercrime.gov.in/
Central civil services
Link to apply http://www.digitalpolicecitizenservices.gov.in/centercitizen/login.htm. Central civil services include the following: –
- Search for the missing person.
- Generate vehicle NOC.
- Information of declared criminals.
- Locate the nearest PS.
Services provided by the State Police Citizen Portal
People can also apply for the following services provided by the State Police Citizen Portal: –
- Filing a complaint with the concerned police station.
- Receiving the status of complaints.
- Obtaining copies of FIR.
- Details of arrested persons / wanted criminals.
- Details of missing / abducted persons and their matching with those arrested,
- Details of stolen / recovered vehicles, weapons and other assets.
- Submission of requests for issue / renewal of various NOCs.
- Verification request for servant, employment, passport, senior citizen registration etc.
- Portal to enable citizens to share information and download required forms.
Benefits of Digital Police Portal
- Citizens can file online complaints against criminal and police officers.
- The citizen can request an online FIR against the crime for speedy redressal.
- It provides various citizen-friendly services online such as requests for police verification to issue passports, online tracking of case progress, victim’s compensation funds and access to legal services and more.
- The investigating agency will get all the information from the national database on crime and criminals.
- The portal’s national data will help speed up police investigations to solve crime and make informed decisions against illegal activities.
- On the digital police portal, central investigative and research agencies can also login to access crime data data.
The portal provides various links for the purpose of welfare of citizens and helps in providing justice to citizens and investigation at various levels.
Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS) Project
The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project was conceived by the Ministry of Home Affairs to inter-link all police stations under one common application software in 2009 to provide data analytics and citizen services. Home Affairs was running a project- Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA) as a component of the “Modernization of State Police Forces (MPF)”, which was aimed at computerizing crime records in police stations.
Realizing the need to establish a national database of crime records to facilitate research and policymaking, the CCTNS was conceived. The total approved outlay of the project is Rs. 2000 crores. Under this project, the Central Government is providing funds to States / UTs for hardware, CCTNS software, connectivity, system integration, data digitization, project management and manpower training. A national level portal “Digital Police Portal” is being launched as part of the project for states, central investigative agencies and citizens. They will be able to access searches and reports on national crime records according to their authority.
About National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)
- The National Crime Records Bureau, an attached office of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, was established in 1986 as a statute to empower the Indian police with information technology solutions and criminal intelligence to effectively enforce the law Can.
- Computerization of police forces in India began in 1971. NCRB started CCIS in 1995, CIPA in 2004 and finally CCTNS in 2009. The CCTNS connects about 15373 police stations and 6000 higher offices in the country.
- Once fully functional, CCTNS will allow citizens to search for a criminal / suspect on a national data base in addition to providing various services to citizens through the Citizen Portal.
- In the future, it is also proposed to link police, courts, prosecutions, prisons and forensic labs to an interoperable criminal justice system (ICJS) to facilitate data exchange between various pillars of the criminal justice system.
- NCRB publishes and publishes National Crime Statistics i.e. Crime, Accidental Death and Suicide in India, Jail Statistics and Fingerprints. These publications serve as major reference points by policy makers, police, criminals, researchers and media both in India and abroad.
- NCRB has also called for various IT based public services such as vehicle coordination (online motor vehicle matching), search (matching of missing persons and dead bodies). Apart from this, NCRB also maintains Fake Currency Information and Management System (FICN) and Color Portrait Building System (CBPS).
- NCRB recently received the “Digital India Award 2016-Silver Open Data Championship” from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, for uploading crime statistics on the website since 1965.
- The Central Finger Print Bureau, established in 1955, is also embedded in NCRB and has a national repository of all fingerprints in the country and has more than one million ten-digit finger print data base of criminals (both convicted and arrested), search facility Provides on FACTS (fingerprint analysis and criminal tracing system). It is proposed to upgrade it to NAFIS in the near future, so that police stations will be able to send finger prints / fire queries directly to NCRB.
- NCRB assists various states in capacity building in the fields of finger prints, CCTNS, network security and digital forensics through its training centers in Delhi and Kolkata. NCRB has conducted more than 877 training programs so far and trained about 16172 officers including foreign law enforcement officers (9519 to 1519 foreign officers).
For more information about this portal, visit http://digitalpolice.gov.in.