Within six months of its launch, Delhi Police’s e-Beat Book server has uploaded over 2.8 million data entries. Delhi Police on August 15, 2020 had launched a critical project as a part of its effort to record and handle crime, maintenance of law and order, and deliver other citizen-centric services, The project offers a digital solution to collect data, analyse and catalog cases for beat officers in the national capital.
The project which began with 15 police stations in August last year is now operational in 1,752 beats across the city. Moving away from the traditional beat book in which data of criminals, vital installations, religious places, etc, had been collected and compiled on paper, now with the new e-Beat Book, all the relevant data is available on one handheld device anywhere in the city. This has substantially reduced the burden of beat constable ad increased their efficiency. Using the e-beat book, beat-level officers of the Delhi Police are verifying suspects, jail bail release and other unsocial elements.
The officers make use of an embedded Facial Recognition System (FRS) to verify a suspect against a central database, get information and can lodge checking reports digitally. National Capital region, has over 180 police stations across 15 districts and each police station has 10-12 beats.
The Delhi Police made the first arrest of a criminal using the face recognition system (FRS), shortly after the launch of the E-beat book on August 28 in Kalkaji.
Apart from E-beat Book, many forces have successfully developed and implemented several other projects like ICMS, ICJS, e-Varta, e-Office, some of which are in advanced stages of implementation to digitize the handwritten records and make data easily accessible for police, administrative, and judicial authorities.
Police forces like Delhi Police, Traffic Police and others have become proactive on social media and have used it to spread awareness about road safety, women safety and cyber safety, and issuing advisories and cautions to the public about criminals. Social media is also used for the collection of intelligence pertaining to various protests and demonstrations, for rebuttal of fake news and negative narratives, sentiment analytics and for grievance redressal.
Another innovative digital platform – the Integrated Complaint Monitoring System (ICMS), is used for lodging and monitoring complaints. Efforts have also been made to bridge Police Stations with Courts through e-submission of Final Reports and Challans- ICJS to integrate all the pillars of the Criminal Justice System.