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U.P. to launch first-ever dial-FIR


Mains Paper 3: Internal Security | Various Security forces & agencies & their mandate

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Dial FIR Scheme, Criminal Data Dossier

Mains level: Policing Reforms through technology initiatives


Dial FIR Scheme

  1. The Uttar Pradesh Police are set to launch a first of its kind dial-FIR scheme in the country where a common man can register regular crimes without going to a police station.
  2. Besides this, they are also expanding the counter-terror combat and response grid in the State by training over 100 fresh commandos in special skills including a maiden batch of women personnel.

Online Dossier of Criminals

  1. To combat crime, an online dossier of criminals in the state has also been prepared.
  2. The investigating officers in various districts of the state will be given 22,000 new i-pads soon on which we have fed a dossier of over 1-lakh small and big criminals.
  3. Once they reach a crime spot they will show photos of the probable suspects of the area and other places, based on initial leads.
  4. Criminal details from the jail department will enrich this database.
  5. This dossier would help in solving a case fast as the suspects can be identified quickly.
  6. P. is the only second state to prepare such a localised online criminal database after Punjab.

Why such move?

  1. UP Police were getting almost 20,000 events every day over UP 100 (police emergency number) on call.
  2. Everything that is reported to U.P. 100 relates to certain categories of crime that includes cases like those of vehicle theft.
  3. For such crimes, one can dial the emergency number and file an FIR, a call-based FIR.
  4. This will be like a regular FIR, under similar sections of IPC, and people need not come to the police station to get a case registered.
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