New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday
wanted speedy completion of an ambitious project to increase
coordination among various state police forces to counter
Once the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems
(CCTNS) is complete, it will mark a quantum jump in country`s
ability to counter various challenges to internal security,
particularly terror threats, he said.
Chidambaram was addressing the concluding session of a
three-day annual conference here of Directors General and
Inspectors General of Police organised by the Intelligence
A sum of Rs 89 crore has been allotted to the states under
the CCTNS for networking of all crime-related data amongst all
In his inaugural address on Monday, the Home Minister had
suggested that the conference must mark the beginning of a
process of reinventing the security system in the country.
"...It is the neglect of tried and tested methods that has
led us to a situation where we seemed unequal to challenges
that face the internal security of the country," he had
The National Crime Records Bureau, which has been working
on the project, gave a presentation on the need to reinvent
the security system by learning from past mistakes and
adopting new technology.
Key objectives of the CCTNS project include creating
platforms at State and Central levels for sharing crime and
criminal information and databases across states and across
This would enable easy sharing of real-time information
across police stations and districts at the state level and
across states at the national level, thereby resulting in
improved investigation and crime prevention and better
tracking of criminals, suspects, accused and repeat offenders.=
It will also help in creating a platform for sharing
intelligence across the states, across the country and across
other state-level and central agencies, improved service
delivery to the public, access to police services in a
citizen-friendly manner and provide alternative modes of
service delivery such as internet.
The CCTNS project covers all 35 states and union
territories. Within states, more than 14,000 police stations
and 6,000 higher offices including district headquarters and
range offices are covered.
The system will provide enhanced tools for investigation,
crime prevention, law and order maintenance and other
functions like traffic management, emergency response.