The Mumbai police is putting in place a specialised cell in each of its 93 police stations to crack down on cybercrime cases, which has seen a 207% rise in the city this year, compared with 2013.
These ‘cyber cops’ will be provided with laptops, internet connections and other equipment needed to crack down on cyber-criminals better.
HT had reported about the rise in these cases, following which chief minister Devendra Fadnavis asked the Mumbai police what they would need to augment their force.
Commissioner of police Rakesh Maria told HT, “All 93 police stations in the city will have a dedicated cell. This will be a separate cell, similar to the detection team of a police station.”
Maria said the cyber cells in every police station will start functioning in the next 15 days.
At present, all cybercrime cases are investigated with help from the BKC cyber police station or the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC).
This is an additional burden to the units, police sources said.
“The idea behind this measure is to make every police station is self-sufficient to tackle cybercrime cases,” Maria said.
The cell will be headed by a sub-inspector, who will be assisted by two or three constables. However, the investigating officer will be of the rank of a police inspector.
“We are in the process of identifying police officers and constables who are tech-savvy and interested to work in the dedicated cyber cell,” Maria said.
They will be trained to track the accused using Internet Protocol (IP) address, and they will learn how to handle software used to trace and track down criminals. They will also be taught to gather technical evidence that can stand in a court of law.