Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mohali gets cyber police station, forensic lab - - 10 Nov 08

Mohali, November 10 Rs 8-crore project to end Punjab Police’s dependency on other labs across the country

Mohali police on Monday took a lead in getting the state’s first cyber crime police station-cum-forensic science laboratory. The Rs 8-crore state-of-the-art project will end the Punjab Police’s dependency on forensic science laboratories in other states for various tests.

So far, the Punjab Police were depending on forensic science laboratories in Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Bangalore for various types of forensic tests.

N P S Aulakh, Punjab Director General of Police (DGP), kickstarted work on the four-storeyed building, which will come up in Phase IV, by laying its foundation stone.

The building — which will house a cyber crime police station and laboratories in Physics, Texilogy, lie-detection, Biology, Chemistry and Ballistic, as part of forensic science — will come up within two years. The Punjab Police Housing Corporation (PPHC) is the executing agency of the project.

In his inaugural speech, the Punjab DGP said the project is a step forward for the Punjab Police towards becoming cyber-savvy and a hi-tech police force with effective investigation of crimes through advanced modes.

Lauding the dedication and professionalism of PPHC, Aulakh said that the PPHC will soon sign an MoU with the Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation for a web-based project management system, which will help in close monitoring of the progress, including quality control and introduction of the e-tendering system within a period of six months.

Besides, another MoU will be signed with the Border Security Force (BSF) to undertake the construction of their future projects in the state.

He added that the construction work of the Punjab Police Training Institute for private security guards at Jahan Khelan is in full swing and will be completed by June 2009.

The institute, which is worth Rs 10 crore, will provide training to 4,000 security guards every year and with the implementation of the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005, the training of private security guards to be hired by the private security agencies has become imperative to create employment opportunities for the unemployed of the state. On this occasion, the DGP gave away certificates to 18 officers of the PPHC for their excellent performance during 2008.

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