IP University to train 600 Delhi policemen in law

July 29th, 2008 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) After honing skills of 100 Delhi policemen in advance cyber crime investigation and computer forensics, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha (IP)University would be conducting a law course for 600 sub-inspectors. “The university has agreed to provide law knowledge to our 600 sub-inspectors,” Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S Dadwal said Tuesday.

“The course would begin from Aug 18,” Dadwal said after handing over certificates to 100 policemen, who Tuesday completed a six-week-long course in cyber crime investigation at the university.

“Another batch of 100 policemen would begin their course in cyber crime investigation soon,” Dadwal added.

Six assistant commissioners, 39 inspectors and 55 sub-inspectors from all wings of the police completed their training at the university. Two officials of the elite Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) were also part of the course.

“It would certainly help us in assisting people in a more precise way. We have learned advanced software and are now very confident in cracking cases related to cyber crimes,” sub-inspectors Virender Singh, who attended the course, told IANS.

Dadwal said complaints related to cyber crimes have increased manifold in the past few years and in the near future more would be reported.

“There were only 58 complaints in 2004 and last year the figure rose to 485. We need to constantly upgrade our skills to investigate cases of cyber crime,” Dadwal said.

At present, Delhi Police has only one wing under its economic offences wing, which deals with all cyber-related cases. According to senior police officials, efforts are being made to handle the cases efficiently at the districts level.

“Very few officials in Delhi Police are versed with advanced knowledge of computers and hi-tech software. We are ensuring that every police station should have a few officers who can conduct investigation in at least small cyber cases,” said a senior officer.

“This is being done to lighten the work of the cyber cell, which is already burdened with such cases and lacks adequate staff,” the officer added.

University vice chancellor K.K. Aggarwal said the course was successful and the university has received similar requests from the Intelligence Bureau and some state police forces.

Aggarwal, however, cautioned the officers who had finished their training in cyber crime about the rapid changes in technologies.

“Technologies are changing every day. The officers must take refresher courses from time to time to keep themselves updated with the changing scenario in the field of information technology,” he added.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnal Singh said the force would soon conduct a refresher course in cyber crime investigation for the officers who had completed the training.

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