iPad training for police

HYDERABAD: Some 250 Special Branch police officers from Telangana were given a one-week, hands-on program at the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate in Gachibowli on the usage of iPads for speedy verification of passports.

The Cyberabad Police have successfully completed the pilot project and launched the usage of tabs to verify passport applications two months ago. The earlier time lag of 15 to 21 days for verification of applications was significantly reduced to three days with the use of online verification system and transmission of reports through tabs with Internet GPRS connectivity.

This is a citizen-friendly system, in which the applicant gets an SMS, mentioning the name and mobile number of the verifier, telling the applicant to be available within the next three days.

Director General of Police Anurag Sharma has studied the system and decided to expand it to the entire Telangana State. Some 1000 iPads have been issued to the districts for this program. Cyberabad SB team led by ACP for Passports Section Ravinder Reddy conducted training in the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate for six days and all the 250 staff were given theoretical and practical inputs and training on usage of the iPads and the entire process.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner Anand spoke to the participants and explained how this successful pilot project by Cyberabad is being launched all over India by the Ministry of External affairs, and said that it is a matter of great pride for the Telangana Police and State and exhorted everyone to stop old practices of passport verification and adopt the new technology in the right spirit of service to people. (NSS)

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