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Modern technology still eludes city police

delhi Updated: Jan 07, 2011 00:05 IST
Karan Choudhury

The Delhi Police might compare its crime graph with that of countries like Australia, US and Singapore but when it comes to matching up to their level of technical advancement they are lagging and how.

In the name of modernisation all that the city police managed to get were a number of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, X-ray baggage machines and metal detectors.

Before the Commonwealth Games-2010, the Delhi Police had claimed it would be modernised with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

The Games has come and gone but till now most of the equipment are yet to be procured or the process is stuck at the tendering level. Hard to come by government approval has also held up procurement.

The grand plan was to import state-of-the art weaponry including CornerShot weapons, which can help (SWAT) teams in close quarter combats.

"We were planning to get 10 of those guns before the Games. But it got stuck at the tender level. The tender process is on and we will get them this year. These weapons are supposed to fire around corners without the operator being seen," said a senior police officer, wishing to remain anonymous.

The Capital was also supposed to get its first 'mobile crime lab'. The lab would have everything from forensic equipment to communication paraphernalia to help investigators on field. But that too is awaiting a nod from the home ministry.

The Delhi Police had also claimed that 2010 would be the year when traffic movement in the city would finally be revolutionised. Intelligent Traffic Management System was supposed to integrate traffic movement in the city.

The traffic police was supposed to get hand-held e-challaning equipment, but the project failed to take off.

"ITS and cyber highway are in the pipeline and would be in place soon," assured BK Gupta, Delhi Police chief.

In total all that the Delhi Police currently has are a few thousand Glock 9mm pistols and MP5 submachine guns and just nine sniper rifles.