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Compile database of criminals: Kalam

President suggested that the database should be available online at all police stations and be updated continuously.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 16:13 IST

President APJ Abdul Kalam on Tuesday suggested that the police department plan for a nationwide database of criminals so that it will be available online at all police stations and the data be updated continuously.

Mooting a five-point suggestion for an effective and efficient working of the police department at the 37th All India Police Science Congress, which he inaugurated, Kalam underlined the need to establish a police e-governance grid through high bandwidth network and generating an action plan for progressive induction of ICT in the police forces.

The Police Science Congress should consider promotion of research in the areas of police intelligence, police administration, police management and networking, he said.

Expressing concern over the existing low police to people ratio of 1:938 in the country, the President wanted it to reach at least 1:500 within the next three to five years to face the challenges ahead in maintenance of law and order.

"To attract and retain talented youth in the police force right from constable to officers, what we need is to design attractive service conditions with suitable pay package and perks, career planning and advancement, housing, leave, children education, healthcare facilities and self-upgradation schemes," he advocated.

The pay package must be attractive enough to see that the police personnel at all levels will not succumb to extraneous considerations at any cost, Kalam said and exhorted the police force to be people friendly.