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Delhi Cops get tech lessons from New York Police

Soumya Pillai, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 24, 2014
First Published: 11:37 IST(24/8/2014) | Last Updated: 13:22 IST(24/8/2014)

Senior officers of Delhi Police had a glimpse of the security system used in the US when they had a meeting with members of the New York Police in the Capital on Friday.

The meeting, organised with the subject 'Infusion of latest technology solutions in Delhi Police' is a step towards bringing down the growing rate of crimes in the city. Apart from the safety of the people, it will tackle the problem of identifying accident locations.

Among the technology solutions presented by representatives of the New York police were facilities for tracking distress caller location, setting up of a hi-tech police control room and services for the PCR dispatch.

If the presented technology is introduced by the city’s police, crime mapping will become an easy process. A procedure similar to that followed in the USA will also enable an effective neighbourhood watch mechanism.

"The presentation displayed technology that will be helpful in tracking real-time information. A dedicated helpline such as 911 in the US will be set up where even if the caller is not in a position to give us the details we can trace the exact location of the distress caller," said a senior police official who was present at the meeting.

Other features that are likely to be used by Delhi Police are video analytics, mechanism for improving response time and other support systems. The task, however, would be to blend the new technology with the existing policing strategies and to train the officials to handle the improved system.

Earlier this month, the Delhi Police was given a grant of Rs. 40 crore to implement the United Nations Women Safe City project to put in place an enhanced security apparatus for the protection of women in the Capital.

The grant was approved by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology with the assistance of the World Bank. Following the sanction, Delhi Police assured the amount would be used in procuring electronic gadgets to decrease the rate of crimes against women and to easily nab those involved in such crimes.

Merely weeks after the announcement, this meeting with probably the most efficient and tech-savvy police department in the world is a step towards achieving the promises made to the people of the Capital.

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