Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS)

Key facts:

  • It is an innovative project of Ministry of Home Affairs but yet to take off
  • Aim: To connect all police station in country to a centralised database of crimes, criminals
  • Goal: To facilitate collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, transfer and sharing of data between police stations and state HQs and central police organisations
  • Will make interstate investigations easy and speedy for officials
  • Aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing at the Police Station level
  • This will be done through adoption of principles of e-Governance, and creation of a nationwide networked infrastructure for evolution of IT-enabled state-of-the-art tracking system around “investigation of crime and detection of criminals
  • CCTNS is a Mission Mode Project (MMP) under the National e-Governance Plan of Govt of India
  • It will not only automate Police functions at Police station and higher levels but will also create facilities and mechanism to provide public services like registration of online complaints, ascertaining the status of case registered at the police station, verification of persons etc.
  • The Project will interconnect about 15000 Police Stations and additional 5000 offices of supervisory police officers across the country and digitize data related to FIR registration, investigation and charge sheets in all Police Stations
  • This would lead to development of a national database of crimes and criminals
  • The Full implementation of the Project with all the new components would lead to a Central citizen portal having linkages with State level citizen portals that will provide a number of citizen friendly services like Police Verification for various purposes including passport verification, reporting a crime including cyber-crime and online tracking of the case progress etc.
  • The project will enable National level crime analytics to be published at increased frequency, which will help the policy makers as well as lawmakers in taking appropriate and timely action
  • It will also enable Pan-India criminal/accused name search in the regional language for improved inter-state tracking of criminal movement

Extension of CCTNS:

  • The CCEA has given its approval to the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for a major revamp of the CCTNS Project
  • It has decided to implement Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) by integrating CCTNS with E-Courts
  • This will ensure quick data transfer among different pillars of criminal justice system, which will not only enhance transparency but also reduce processing time
  • Police-Citizen interface will undergo a major shift with the implementation of this project, as a number of services will be enabled through citizen portal


The Government has decided to fast track the implementation and complete the implementation of the CCTNS project by March 2017 including implementation of ICJS

Published with inputs from Swapnil | Source: railnews

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