In order to impart advanced training to law enforcement agencies for investigating cyber crime, the prestigious Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad plans to establish a first-of-its kind Digital Crime Analysis Centre.
"As part of providing advanced training to deal with cyber offences, we intend to have our own centre at the National Police Academy. The process has begun and we have already drawn up a programme. A proposal will soon be submitted to the Central Government," Academy Director Rajiv Mathur said.
A senior official at the police academy said the National Digital Crime Resource and Training Centre would basically fill the gaps in the field of Digital Crime.
"The upcoming centre aims to provide training to police and agencies like customs, revenue and other parts of criminal justice system to deal with cyber crime. It would build their capacity to fight cyber crime," the official said, adding that once approved, the centre will be set up by the end of this year.
On the need for setting up such a centre, the official said, "We need to arm our personnel with the knowledge and skills to counter this kind of crime. We need to train our law enforcement officers through top class training".
The Academy, which offers in-service courses, would provide advanced training in cyber crimes to IPS probationers and different law enforcement agencies, he said.
"There is a need to have proper investigation on cyber crimes and this centre will provide expertise and training to officials investigating cyber crimes," the official said.
He said there was need for imparting uniform training for all states' police as cyber offences happen anywhere.
"At the proposed centre, the police academy also proposes to have data on cyber offences as it is difficult to get information on such crimes from police stations," he said.
Through the centre, it is also proposed to create awareness on cyber crimes among the public on how and where they can report such cases, the official added.