Twenty-nine officers of the Jharkhand Police were given a four-day hands-on training to crack cyber crime cases which have shot up during the past few years, inspector general Sampat Meena said on Thursday.
She said there were plans to train at least 100 officers in the skills. They will be sent to various districts after the training, she said.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is conducting the training programmes for inspectors (investigation officers under IT act) and deputy superintendents of police (supervisory officers) from the districts at the training school in Ranchi.
The latest batch was given training in the essentials of IT Act, evidence act, search and seizure of digital evidence, cyber forensics, case dairy writing, from the experts of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). The C-DAC has developed a number of indigenous tools for collecting digital evidence.
“The crime is relatively new to the state police in which the lines of investigation are different from the general crime. The investigating officer must have knowledge about information technology laws and ways to collect evidences including digital evidence,” Meena said.
According to police records, there has been a 28% rise in the cyber crime cases during the past one year. However, the state police were ill-equipped to handle them.
The number of cyber crimes reported with the police is rising with the number of registered cases rising from 172 in 2014 to 221 in 2015. However, only about 10% of the actual number of crimes is being reported due to lack of awareness among the people.
Jamtara is infamous in the country as a hub of cyber criminals. The police from one-anda-half dozen states have come to the district searching for criminals in connection with cyber crimes committed in their areas. However, the crime is also spreading to the other districts, including Giridih, Deoghar and Dhanbad. Thousands of youths in these districts have received training in cyber crime as it makes them earn easy money.