December 2007

e-Police Around the Globe

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POLNET: Modernising Police Communication
Police Telecommunication Network or POLNET http://www.dcp-w.nic.in/contents/Polnet.htm  is a satellite based integrated network for the modernisation of police communication implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. It is an exclusive communication network for police providing direct communication link from the national capital to the state capital and the district headquarters on voice, data, fax and computer communication and further extend the communication connectivity upto the police stations on voice. Conceived originally by the late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the project was cleared by the Central government in 1996.

POLNET consists of 833 VSATs (Very Small Aperture Terminals) at each state capital, district headquarter and selected locations of CPMFs (expansion of CPMF) with the HUB at Delhi. The police stations are to be covered with MART (Multi Access Radio Telephone) systems, extending connectivity from state capitals and district headquarters upto the police stations by installing 11,502 MART systems. This will facilitate direct Thana (police station) to Thana dial up direct connectivity through out the country, which would lead to instant sharing of criminal records among all police districts, besides free and effective telephone and FAX facility.

Singapore Police Online
The Singapore Police Department (http://www.spf.gov.sg/) provides various e-Services to its citizens through which people can access information and lodge reports online, anytime and anywhere. The e-PC (Electronic Police Centre), an e-Service provided by the Singapore police department since 2002, takes about 15 minutes to complete reporting, and lost property reports or crimes that do not require immediate police action can be lodged online by the citizens of Singapore.

The public can access the e-PC through the Spinet or e-Citizen web-site. All reports lodged via the e-PC are channeled to a central e-PC Unit under Radio Division. At the e-PC Unit, the reports are read, classified, filed and/or referred to the right SPF (Singapore Police Force) unit or external agency for follow-up. The e-PC Unit also forwards an official copy of the police report to the complainant for retention within 48 hours from the time the report was received. Another e-Service provided by the Singapore Police Department is Electronic Driver Data Information and Enquiry System (EDDIES). It is an online enquiry system that allows members of the public, insurance and car rental companies to check a driver's/ motorist's driving licence status and eligibility for Certificate of Merit.

Metropolitan Police Online Crime Reporting
New Scotland Yard or Scotland Yard, informally known as The Yard and NSY, is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for policing Greater London, UK. The Metropolitan Police provides citizens with the online crime reporting system. It can be accessed at https://online.met.police.uk/. The website is for reporting non-emergency crime and hate crime / incident reporting. The service is available for incidents in the Greater London area. One can use this service to notify the Metropolitan Police of the following crimes committed within the Greater London Authority Area:

  • Theft – excluding:
    Robbery (where the person reporting or the person about whom one is reporting for was subjected to violence or the threat of violence)
  • Burglary (a building has been broken into)
  • Criminal damage
  • Theft from a motor vehicle
  • Criminal damage to a motor vehicle
  • Hate crimes and hate incidents

The website also defines when not to use this service. These are in situation when: the police service is ready to help, with trained call operators available 24 hours a day, if the crime is serious (i.e involves vulnerable, elderly or young victims or it is of a violent or sexual nature), if the crime is happening now, or if offender is still there or nearby, someone saw the crime being committed and the evidence has been left at the scene.

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