The government is also taking steps to strengthen the capabilities for dealing with cyber crime and use cyber space technology to solve such cases by procuring equipment, advanced gadgetary concerning Information Technology and providing training to police personnel, home ministry sources said here.
It has been decided recently to establish a Research and Technology Centre in the intelligence set up with a view to continuously study development in the sphere of technology and tacked. and evolve counter measures to deal with various kinds of crimes including cyber crimes, they said.
Moreover, it has been decided to launch a separate scheme namely Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System for which an outlay of Rs 2000 crore has been provided in the eleventh plan. It envisages computerisation of police operations from the police station level upwards, lateral and hierarchical networking and creation of various types of databases at the lcoal, state and national levels which inter alia would assist in more effective tracking of criminals and control of crimes, they added.
Regarding the growing challenge of terrorism being faced by the country, the intelligence and security agencies of both the Centre and states are closely coordinating and sharing information and intelligence.
Focused attention has been given to the strengthening of the intelligence apparatus both at the Centre and state level which includes qualitative upgradation and quantitative enhancement of manpower, besides initiatives on research and technology. Regular sharing of intelligence inputs by the agencies of the Centre and states is taking place and mechanisms have been put in place for the purpose. Particular attention has been given to pro-active coordination with state government and agencies.
To give requisite attention to strengthening of the state special branches, the state goverments had been earlier advised to earmark at least 5 per cent of their annual allocations under the Scheme for Modernisation of State Police Forces for this purpose.
Recently, it has been decided to launch a separate Sub Scheme for the purpose under the MPF.
The Centre has been asking the state governments to fill up existing vacancies in the police force by taking expeditious action in this regard, they added.