Telangana police have achieved success on many fronts, such as a better conviction rate in 2021, despite a 4.6% increase in the total number of crimes from the previous year, DGP Mr. Mahender Reddy.
Sharing details of police achievements in 2021 at a press conference, the DGP exuded confidence that the prestigious upcoming multi-story State Police Command and Control Center at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad would become a model for other states. Although 70% of the centre’s work has been completed, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed its construction a bit.
“In the next three to four months, the Chief Minister would inaugurate the command center,” Reddy said. The center has several back-end technologies with state-of-the-art equipment and tools to improve all areas of the police. Initiatives such as the Citizen Financial Cyber Fraud Reporting and Management System (CFCFRMS), which is part of the National Crime Reporting Portal (NCRP), have come to the aid of people who lose money in cybercrime. The hotline 155260 of this system (to which received calls out of 100, 112 can be routed) was introduced on a trial basis at Cyberabad police station. While 45,893 calls relating to financial fraud were received on this helpline, 9,644 complaints were received through the NCRP.
The victims lost 95.71 crore in these frauds. Authorities withheld the fraudulent transfer of 5.11 crore by alerting various financial entities.
The police chief said that eight lakh surveillance cameras installed across the state act as force multipliers helping police detect crimes. Referring to the allegations that the cameras invade the privacy of the public, Mr. Mahender Reddy said “this is a campaign motivated and malicious by special interests”.
Entire video footage from the camera systems would be stored with the community (who installed the cameras) and for crime detection purposes only, the footage would be accessible by the police.
“The bogus campaign is part of an organized effort to derail safety and security systems,” he said.