Faisalabad police on Wednesday began uploading data of supplementary statements to an online database set up to collect crime scene evidence. City Police Officer (CPO) Sohail Habib Tajik told newsmen that the benefits of information technology could not be denied. “Criminals use modern technology,” he said. “Unfortunately, police in Pakistan still relies greatly on traditional methods. This leaves room for errors and we sometimes lose some of the evidence we collect.”
He said the government wanted to make use of modern tools to store information and access it whenever needed. The CPO said the government had planned an extensive programme to overhaul the existing system of gathering crime scene reports.
He said a few weeks ago, 80 android phone sets were provided to 40 police stations and two officials from each station were trained in the use of these phones. He said they were directed to map crimes and to make an electronic visual of the crime scenes.
He said all data collected was linked to the main control room in real time and a log every crime reported in the city was created.
The CPO said the pilot project was being implemented in Faisalabad and if it was successful, it would be introduced to other parts of the country.
The CPO said investigation officers had been directed to keep records of supplementary police reports after registration of FIRs.
He said they had been told to upload regular progress reports of cases online so that they could be retrieved easily.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th,2014.
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