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Chandigarh: Policing in Punjab is all set to go hi-tech in 2011. The state government has its plans ready to implement information technology in a big way in the police department this year.
The state police will introduce e-Investigation, e-Beat system and e-Traffic challan system to improve its working, besides aiming at ISO-9000 certification for all police stations in different districts in this year.
“We will start the system of e-governance from Jalandhar district and gradually adopt in all districts of the state. At present, investigations in many cases get delayed due to the conventional systems, therefore it has been decided to introduce e-investigation practices to ensure speedy trial,” said a senior police official.
The e-Challaning system will also help manage traffic effectively as the records of challans will be maintained online. Defaulters will have an option to pay fines online too.
“This would add to the transparency in the working of the police and also help the public in hassle-free payment of challans. Under the e-beat system, beat officer would be provided with hi-tech mobile phones with high memory. It would also have GPS (global positioning system) installed in it,” Jalandhar Police Commissioner Gaurav Yadav said.
He added, “Through GPS beat officers would be connected to the SHO of the police stations and can also keep a watch on the beat officers to ascertain whether they are doing their duty or not. They will also make use of e-mails in passing crucial information to all officers in one go”
Besides, under e-Investigation, a beat officer would visit the crime spot, take photographs and make videos of the evidences for the future record purposes.