Young Odisha Cops Given Training On Cyber Crimes

The rate of cyber crimes has shot from 120 cases in 2013 to 867 cases in 2018. In the first three months of 2019, 241 cases have already been registered. To tackle the chaotic situation, the Crime Branch has identified 200 investigating officers (IOs) from different police stations across the state and launched a three-day training programme for them to hone their skills on this kind of crime. The inspectors and sub-inspector were trained by the Crime Branch who collaborated with UNICEF for the workshop.

The training program was inaugurated by DGP R.P.Sharma who expressed his concern over the rapid rise of cybercrime cases, including online banking frauds, e-lottery scams, child pornography and social media misconducts. Additionally, Santosh Upadhyay, the crime Branch’s additional director general and inspector general Arun Bothra stated that the IOs of police stations are being guided by the cyber experts of Crime Branch.

“Our sustained efforts on public sensitization programmes and awareness campaigns paid off to a great extent, even though cybercrime continues to be a challenging area for us. Internet explosion, unchecked use of social media and lack of a proper mechanism to prevent the offence are some of the plausible causes of the occurrence of cyber offences,” said Santosh Upadhyay.

On the matter of immediate prevention of illicit content, DGP Sharma earlier issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) to district SPs wary of circulation of nude and obscene clips of girls on WhatsApp and Facebook. He highlighted the methods of investigation and relevant sections of the law to deal with such culprits.

To further establish the law against cybercrimes, the Crime Branch would be in contact with UNICEF to establish child-friendly police stations in Odisha. Monika Nielsen, Chief of the UNICEF’s field office in Odisha, assured that they would extend all necessary support to the Odisha police in protecting children from the clutches of online crimes.

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