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'Hotline' between Delhi and London Police to control crime

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 26: With crime among the South Asian community in London rising by almost 300 per cent in the last five years, the Metropolitan Police plans to set up a direct 'Hotline' with the Delhi Police to enhance law-enforcement between the security agencies in Britain and India.

Addressing the media after the first 'Economic Crime Roundtable' on 'Global Trends in Economic Crime' here early this week, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur said that setting up a 'Hotline' between the two police forces was one of the important steps proposed at the meet.

''We also shared the roadmap which could be useful in arresting crime and smashing criminal networks. This was important as more and more business people were investing in both the countries,'' he said, adding that the areas they would concentrate on initially are economic offences concerning business, money laundering and data theft.

''The idea is to send across the message that anybody commiting a crime would not escape the reach of law. For this we are exploring ways of communication with the objective of knowledge- sharing among law-enforcement agencies,'' Mr Ghaffur said.

Among the ten areas put forward by the Metropolitan Police to concentrate on were cyber crime, money laundering, identity abuse, revenue evasion, police-to-police contact and exploring funding, besides sponsoring capabilities for improving skills on each side by the business community.

Tanmoy Chakarabarty, vice president and head of Global Government Industry Group said the meet discussed ways and means on how technology could bring about commonality of purpose and a standard in the police system and other agencies.

''The meet held to share ideas, mutual assistance and intelligence and devise a framework which could help bring about tangible results in preventing criminals from getting away after committing crime,'' he said.

The next round-table on knowledge-sharing will be held in London in June next and would try to find out efective ways of tackling 21st century crime, he added.

The agencies which participated in the meet on creating a framework for knowledge and intelligence sharing were the Coomonwealth Business Council, Delhi Police, CBI, Supreme Court advocates and Customs officers.


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