Mumbai to install 4 cyber police stations

Mumbai: The state government has approved the setting up of four cyber police stations after the financial capital of the country reported maximum number of cases under cyber-crime, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

K M M Prasanna, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) informed that the government has sanctioned 186 new posts for this initiative and most of them would be in the rank of assistant police inspectors.

“The implementation of the plan will help us tackle cyber crime effectively which in turn will help the common citizen. We expect the government resolution on the setting up of these new cyber police stations in a week,” Prasanna said.

The National Crime Records Bureau, in its report on crime in 2016, had stated that Mumbai stood first among all cities in the country in terms of cyber crime cases.

The NCRB report stated that Mumbai stood first with 4,172 such cases reported for the year 2016, while Bengaluru was second with 762 cases and Jaipur third with 532 cases.

Mumbai currently has one cyber police station, at Bandra Kurla Complex, and officials said that it would become the first city in the country to have five such police stations after completion of the project.

In future the Maharashtra police is plannig to have a cyber police station in all districts, have cyber labs in all districts and implement the Cyber Security Project (CSP) in the next four years. This is followed by cyber laboratories, equipped with high-end hardware and software tools, in each of the districts for digital forensic analysis. These labs will help collect evidence from mobile phones, CDs, Call Data Records (CDR) and social media.