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First National Conference of Investigating Agencies
Aug 25, 2016

The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in coordination with National Investigation Agency (NIA) organized the first National Conference of Investigation Agencies recently at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the two-day conference.

  • The conference has originated from the mandate of the BPR&D and the recommendations of Directors General of Police (DGPs)/Inspectors General of Police (IGPs) conferences which stipulated ‘To organize the All India Conference of Police and Law Enforcement officers engaged in investigation tasks’.
  • The conference envisaged to provide an annual national platform to all the officers of law enforcement agencies engaged in investigation tasks with the objective to discuss the latest laws and judgments and their implications for investigation and prosecution and to deliberate on new legislation/criminal law amendments and systematic changes for meeting new challenges in investigation.
  • The conference also envisaged about adoption of latest technology in forensic sciences for expeditious and professional investigation and to share best practices followed by different investigation agencies which could be implemented by others.
  • The deliberations of the conference were to help in improving the quality of investigation which has been a long felt demand of public.
  • There were sessions by investigation experts of national repute on themes of Combating Economic and Organized crime, Digital and Technology driven crime, Terrorist Crime Investigation, Legal issue relating to Investigation and Ideas from States: Sharing good practices.
  • These sessions provided exposure to the investigator about the role and function of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and its coordination with investigation agency, Indian Drug Enforcement Regime and Role of investigation agency, co-ordination between Enforcement Directorate (ED) and investigation agencies, issues related to use of social media by terrorists and strategies to counter them and investigation of terrorist crimes.
  • The sessions covered combating cyber crime: strategic responses and international experience, use of technology to improve investigation, need for fresh legislation and amendments required in existing laws to facilitate investigation and database and crime investigation.
  • There were sessions on show-casing the best practices in investigation being followed in various States/UTs and investigation agencies.

Investigation agencies are facing many challenges in the investigation of traditional and modern crimes. This conference was an opportunity to discuss these challenges and ways to overcome them.

  • The conference discussed ways to improve quality of investigation especially for economic and organized crimes and related legal issues.

As per the National Crime Records Bureau, the conviction rate of the crimes is very low, that is why quality of investigation is crucial in ensuring justice for the victims and punishment for the offender. The Government has taken various steps to improve the quality of investigation. For general crime, the Government has revamped the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Systems (CCTNS) project for complete computerization of the working of police and extended it to court, jail, prosecution and forensic laboratories.

To investigate the crime against women, dedicated Investigative Units on Crime Against Women (IUCAW) are being established in 564 districts of India. In these units, one- third of investigators will be women and funds will be made available by Central and State Governments, on 50-50 partnership basis. Central Government will spend Rs 324 crore in next 2 years on these units.

The Central Government is spending Rs.279.90 crore under 12th Five Year Plan for upgradation and modernization of existing three Central Forensic Science Laboratories (CFSL) located at Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Kolkata and opening of three new CFSL at Pune, Bhopal and Guwahati. In these labs Digital Forensic Division (Forensic Electronics), Forensics D.N.A Division, Forensic Engineering Division, Forensic Intelligence Division, Forensic Psychology Division, Narcotics Drug Division and Government Examiner of Question Documents (GEQD) will be created.

Further to impart training on investigation, including terrorist crime and blast cases, two new Central Detective Training Schools at Ghaziabad and Jaipur have been opened apart from existing three Central Detective Training Schools located at Chandigarh, Kolkata and Hyderabad.

I4C: As far as cyber crimes are concerned the Central Government has established Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center (I4C) at National Level to deal with all types of cyber crime. The I4C can be utilized for investigation of Cyber-Crime including Child Pornography and Online Abuse. One of the priorities of I4C will be to thwart attempts by international cyber gangs to penetrate Indian Networks and hack them. I4C will act a nodal point in fight against Cyber Crime and also as Early Warning System for Law Enforcement Agencies. It will also set up a platform for victims to lodge Cyber Crime complaints. I4C will also provide all necessary assistance to CBI and State police on Cyber Crime related issue.

Sharad Kumar, DG, National Investigation Agency (NIA), DGs of CAPFs, former DGs, DGPs of States/UTs, Central Police Organisations (CPOs) and the Heads of Crime Branches/ATS/Economic Offences Wing (EOW)/STF of States/UTs attended the two-day conference.

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