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Crime and Criminal Information System

The Crime Branch of the Bombay Police Force has created a Crime and Criminal Information System (CCIS) containing a database of information on, including photographs of, 60,000 known criminals. The data can be retrieved by name as well as modus operandi.

The government has spent Rs 2.5 crores (Rs 25 million) on 107 personal computers, printers and modems which have been installed in 72 police stations all over the city. The Police department has trained 400 constables in the use of this system.

As of mid-1996, the system is not in use, because of a lack of phone lines to connect the police stations to the central database. The government has also refused permission to the Police department to hire system operators and has turned down a request for money to buy extra hard-disks for information storage.

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