GUWAHATI, Nov 11 - The Centre has approved Assam Police�s plan to create a seamless intelligence sharing online platform among the police forces of all the eight northeastern states that might prove to be a game changer in destabilising the inter-state criminal network.
Equipped with geo-tagging, the project, according to sources, is one of its kind in the country where, for the first time, police forces of eight states would share inputs and facilitate each other�s investigation on request, under an organised technological set-up.
Mooted by the Assam Police, the application-based platform would encompass police officers from the rank of the officer-in-charge of a police station to the entire chain of top hierarchy of the respective state police of the region.
Sources told The Assam Tribune that the Ministry of Home Affairs has already sanctioned the requisite funds estimated for the project, and tenders to that effect would be floated very soon. The total estimated cost of the project is around Rs 1 crore.
The much-awaited project envisages creating a proactive network among the neighbouring states when it comes to handling organised crimes with cross-border ramification, including abduction, smuggling of precious items and vehicle theft, among others.
�The system, we are planning to introduce, will rely heavily on geo-tagging that would help the law enforcers to zero in on the route(s) that the investigators at the place of origin of crime or the criminal one desires to focus on. This would eventually result in quick networking among the state police teams,� a senior official of the Assam Police said.
�Through this innovative method, we would be able to alert the exact police station and channelise their action towards movement of criminals harbouring or passing through their jurisdiction,� sources explained.
�In addition to this, a restricted e-mail group with authorised users, which in this case would be the nodal officers of the respective state police, would be created to facilitate better coordination,� sources said, adding, as of now, the name of the application has been kept as Ne-Pol, an abbreviation for Northeast Police.
�Criminals, nowadays, are much more techno-savvy than they ever used to be. Often it becomes difficult for us to garner quick response from our counterparts in the neighbouring states due to the nitty-gritty involved. And by the time it materialises, it very often becomes a case of too late too little. Not just Assam, the problem is faced by the police forces of other states as well. This project aims to ensure quick and timely intervention,� sources pointed out.
Sources further divulged that there are also plans to share database of criminals among the state police forces.
Top police officials of the eight states are going to meet in Guwahati soon to discuss the operational issues related to the new set-up.