Himachal Pradesh Police Force would be strengthened, modernized and every police station computerized within a period of one year making entire police functioning accessible through internet. This would make Himachal Pradesh, the first state in the country to implement Common Integrated Police Application Project (CIPA). This was revealed by Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister while dedicating the Web Portal of the Himachal Pradesh Police Department and Common Integrated Police Application Project at the State Police Headquarters here today.
Chief Minister said that about 1,400 more police personnel would be added to its strength besides getting sanctioned one more India Reserve Battalion for the state during current calendar year. He said that the modernization process of the police force was in progress besides updating their skills and modes of investigations and dealing with crimes and other law and order problems. He said that the state police was known for its friendly dealing with general public and sternness with the anti social elements. He said that large number of promotions had taken place during recent past creating more vacancies at the lower level for which special drive would be launched in the near future and about 1,400 new posts were to be created and filled up to strengthen the department so that best law and order conditions were maintained all over the state.
Virbhadra Singh said that the state had taken lead in implementation of this project and the local customization of software application had been done as per the requirements of the state which was being implemented in all the police stations. He said that 11 police stations in three out of the twelve districts of the state. Shimla, Solan and Bilaspur had been covered under the first phase, while 29 police stations would be taken up in second phase and the remaining 60 would be covered by the year end. He said that thus all the police stations would get computerized and state would emerge as first state in the country to have all its police stations computerized by the year.
Chief Minister emphasized the need to make information and communication technology performance enhancer and use of modern technology a must for policing programmes. He said that the department needed to strive to achieve e-governance and not merely e-government. He said that the CIPA would help in efficient and effective police functioning besides improving delivery of service, including crime control and detection and maintenance of public order. He added that the programme was bound to improve accessibility, transparency and accountability in the functioning besides complainants getting legible copies of their FIRs and reports lodged by them. He said that the police needed to update its skills to deal with the cyber crime cases as well so that no such incident could take place in the state.
Virbhadra Singh said that the new Web Portal would lead to better and meaningful interaction between the police and public by providing them facility of â€˜Online traffic challan paymentâ€™ and registering their complaints from any place all over the country. He said that the state police had high traditions of performance, integrity and efficiency and required periodic updation by utilizing the modern tools of information and communication technology for their crusade against crime, especially Corruption in public life. He said that as guardians of law and protectors of the general public, the police needed to work with full determination to root out crime and corruption from the state for which people had given mandate to the government.