To fight cyber crime, cops to get state-of-the-art lab
Sources : Times News Network
Date of Publishing:29/7/2010
Chennai: The Tamil Nadu police, who still finds themselves handicapped when it comes to handling cyber crime cases, would soon be cyber-savvy. Direct recruits to the posts of deputy superintendent and sub-inspector will now be trained at a specialised cyber lab that is being launched at the Tamil Nadu Police Academy. Director-general of police Letika Saran will inaugurate the facility on Thursday.
Presently, cyber crime investigation is limited to certain commissionerates and to the CB-CID. Even these units are working with limited infrastructure and most of the local crime investigation officials have no expertise in investigation of complex cyber cases. The state hitherto had no facility to train police personnel in cyber forensics, evidence collection and cyber investigation.
"The new facility can impart training to 20 personnel at a time. It has been set up with the technical partnership of NASSCOM. The in-house experts at the academy apart, NASSCOM will send us two paid experts from the industry to train our personnel. They will be familiarised with tools of cyber crime investigation and forensics," Amaresh Poojari, IGP, training, Tamil Nadu Police Academy, said.
Cyber crime investigation has been made a part of the general syllabus of the new direct recruits and they will have to study the scientific nuances of new-generation crimes which does not restrict itself to jurisdictional boundaries. "At present, it is nearly impossible to lodge a cyber crime complaint at a local police station. The complainant has to either approach the police headquarters or the cyber crime wing of the CB-CID. Once the lab opens, we can equip the local police to handle such cases," a police officer said.
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