CCTNS Project Of India To Be Launched Shortly

Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) Project Of India (CCTNS Project of India) is a serious effort on the part of Home Ministry of India to modernise the law enforcement functions in India. Although the modernisation efforts are in the pipeline yet they have not still matured fully.

At Perry4Law and Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) we believe that cyber police reforms in India are urgently required. However, there is a void that has to be filled by Home Ministry before India can have a capable techno legal police force. PTLB has been managing a techno legal ICT training centre for police force that intends to fill this void and make our police force techno legal in nature.

A trained cyber police force of India is also required to effectively manage ambitious projects like CCTNS project of India. Further, if we talk about the national intelligence grid (Natgrid) project of India as well, we would also require intelligence gathering skills development in India.

The Union Home Ministry will launch its ambitious CCTNS project, as a pilot project, from September 1 in Assam, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh. This is only a trial run where they will use the software in the States to connect all the police stations and enable the police to track criminals in real time.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the nodal agency for the CCTNS, will launch pilot phase in the three States. As the NCRB does not have requisite capability, other experts would help it in achieving this task. Other checks on safety and quality will also be carried out during the pilot phase.

Once implemented, the CCTNS will facilitate collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, transfer and sharing of data and information between police stations, their state headquarters, central police organisations and other security agencies. Information on any case, right from an offence being registered to its investigation and prosecution will be available on a secure network at the click of a button.

Further, this capability of CCTNS project would also be added to the Natgrid Project thereby making information held by 21 databases available to security agencies. This includes immigration records, airlines, mobile, bank and credit card transactions and travel details creating a maze of rich data that would enable 11 intelligence and investigation agencies to launch hot pursuit of a criminal.

The CCTNS also offers benefits for ordinary citizens. It is expected to simplify the process of registering and tracking petitions and First Information Report (FIR), giving access to general services such as requests for certificates, verifications and permission, registering grievances against police, tracking the progress of a case during trail and access to reports for stolen or recovered vehicles and property through a citizen interface.