The Home Ministry of India is taking concrete steps to upgrade India's law enforcement infrastructure.
The Home Ministry has woken up to the importance of a strong IT network across the nation's police outposts and flow of information. The government has issued a plan to lay ground work to use wired and wireless networking technologies to connect 15,015 stations and 7,000 offices nationwide. This will be done as part of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) initiative. The ambitious project will make use of VPN, WiMax, Broadband, VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) and other such technologies based on feasibility.
Seamless access to a repository of crimes and progress across the nation will reduce latency and introduce some much needed transparency in law enforcement. For efficient use of the system, the government has undertaken training officials on using the system. According to statistics presented by the government, 0.25 Million personnel have been trained.
In a separate story, the government will be bringing 3D imagery technology from the US. The Home Ministry of India said they plan to create a comprehensive image database of vulnerable buildings. The plans are to have the setup at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) institute in Hyderabad. The database will assist the law enforcement and anti-terrorism units with access to virtual imagery of targets. Watching Jack Bauer go after the bad guys with tactical support from the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) I have often wondered when will the Indian police force be as cool.
The good news continues with plans to equip ground personnel with Range Finders, better GPS devices, Thermal Imagers, close combat and assault weapons. These are much needed tools in India's fight against terrorism and hopefully the government is able to deliver before another unfortunate incident.