Punjab Police Goes Hi-Tech

In a bid to improve transparency and efficiency, the Police department of Punjab has decided to go digitized by this year. Aiming to bump-up the policing methods, the department has all the plans geared up for implementing the tools of information technology (IT) in each of its sections.

As a part of pilot project, the department has introduced new concepts of e-investigation, e-beat and e-challan that have been implemented only in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, SAS Nagar Mohali and Amritsar. Gradually, the initiatives will be implemented across all the cities in the state.

The use of (Information Technology) IT in policing will help increase transparency, competence and public faith in policing, said Shri Rajpal Sandhu, DCP (Crime), Jallandhar city. He added that e-investigation would help in documenting all the evidence where photos and records of criminals will be uploaded on the server. This would also improve the slow process of trials.

Mr. Sandhu went on to say that the idea of e-beat will help monitor each constable throughout his patrolling route. The beat officers would be provided with hi-tech mobile phones. The GPS system will help them to stay connected with SHO and he/she would thus be able to upload and share data/photos through e-mails.  The shared data will remain available for the future references.

As far as e-challan is concerned, the officer told e-gov that records of challans will be digitized and fines would be paid online too.