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Kerala Police plan GIS-based crime mapping

Kerala, India: Kerala Police is planning to use GIS technology for better management of law and order in the state. It will develop a GIS-based crime mapping facility for effectively managing the data pertaining to law and order; and thus take intelligent decisions with emphasis on spatial logistics and patterns.

As a prelude to this, the state police have started imparting training to cops in GIS technology and its applications in crime mapping. The Technopark-based Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) is imparting the training.

At present, officials of the special branch – Crime Intelligence Division are being trained in this technology. In fact, the first batch has already completed training. The training will gradually be extended to all the wings in the police department.

The training programme is carried out in three levels – introductory, advanced and decision support. Emphasis is being laid on GIS fundamentals and data generation, spatial analysis and decision making.

GIS-based crime mapping could be utilised for easy and effective analysis of data pertaining to crimes, traffic accidents and other law and order problems in each locations. It would also help in deployment of forces based on the crime characteristics of each region. Digital mapping also helps in effective traffic management.

Source: Express Buzz