New Delhi: During Directors General and Inspectors General of Police Conference, 2015, a special emphasis had been given on use of latest technology along with social media to make functioning of police force more efficient and effective.
The Central Government under the supervision of Ministry of Home Affairs has sponsored Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF scheme) since 1969-70 to assist the State Governments for the improvement in policing. The focus of MPF scheme is to strengthen the police infrastructure to increase its efficiency. Under MPF scheme, funds have been allocated to State Governments for computerization and related activities among others. Mega City policing, a sub set of MPF Scheme, under which funds are given to mega cities (Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bengaluru) also incorporates use of computer technology, user friendly mobile apps, community and social outreach among others.
Bureau of Police Research and Training (BPR&D) has organized 12 numbers of 2 week course and 16 other courses on “Investigating of Cyber Crime cases” and Vertical Interaction Courses (VIC) on “Cyber Laws and Cyber Forensics” during this financial year 2015-2016. Four 3-day workshop on “Relevance of Social Media in present day policing” and one VIC on “Modern Technique for Improving police” during 2014-15 was organized by BPR&D. Also, a VIC on “Role of Technology in Crime and Crime Preservation” was organised in IIT Mumbai in 2013-14.
A total number of 21,723 good stories and works have been uploaded in public domain by various police stations in their respective district or relevant websites.
Further, as “Public Order” and “Police” are State subjects as per entry 2 of the list II of the VII schedule of the Constitution of India, it is the responsibility of the State Governments and union territories to use latest technology along with social media appropriately in order to make functioning of police force more efficient.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to a question by Prabhat Jha in the Rajya Sabha today.