This year, in addition to watching out for criminals, the Thane police will be keeping tabs on its own men, with the help of technology.
The police e-monitoring system will soon be introduced in Thane to track constables on night duty. The software has been custom-made and synchronises the GPS system on the mobile phone with the computer at the police station. The police plan to inaugurate the system next week.
“The monitoring system is cost-effective and designed to track movements of the night patrol team. With this, we will know whether a constable is doing his job. If a crime takes place in a certain area, we can question constables about their location at the time and whether they saw anything suspicious and so on,” Thane police commissioner SPS Yadav said.
Biometric systems are also in the pipeline to make it easier for the police to track accused out on bail, who have been asked to report to the police station daily.
“It will be made compulsory for an accused to present his fingerprints through the biometric system every time he reports to the station. If an accused has not reported for a certain number of days, the police will know immediately and can send a printout of the report to the court for a decision,” Yadav said.
Keeping the public’s welfare in mind, the Thane police will soon come up with a one-window system where people can get their passport, gun licence and other verifications at the police commissionerate.
In a move to discourage false complaints, Yadav said those filing such complaints will be booked under Section 182 of the Indian Penal Code.
“If it is proved that a person has filed a false complaint, the police will file a case against them in court,” Yadav said.
The Thane police have also formed an anti-terrorist cell which has asked hotel owners and managers to keep a record of photo-identity cards of visitors. They have also made it compulsory for security agencies to get character verification of security guards done.
SIM card distributors and cyber cafe owners have also been given the same strictures.