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Prez wants national database on crime

Prez wants national database on crime

A P J Abdul Kalam says the national database on criminals will be available online at all police stations.

Bangalore: President A P J Abdul Kalam on Tuesday said police departments all across the country must set up a national database on criminals.

The database will be available online at all police stations and should be updated continuously.

Kalam mooted a five-point suggestion for an effective and efficient working of the police department at the 37 All India Police Science Congress, which he inaugurated in Bangalore. He 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, Kalam said.

Expressing concern over the existing low police to people ratio of 1:938 in the country, the President wanted it to reach atleast 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 a 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, corruption free, and responsible.

first published:June 06, 2006, 18:45 IST