Bhubaneswar: In addition to the existing four cyber crime police stations in Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela, Odisha Police is actively considering and has already made proposals to set up three new cyber crime stations in the State at Bhubaneswar, Balasore and Jeypore.
Director General of Police R P Sharma said, “In Odisha, cyber crimes are increasing. In 2018, over 867 cases were filed and in 2019’s first quarter, already 240 cases have been registered. To handle this influx, we need to increase cyber police stations across the State. Proposals have already been made to be set up new stations in Bhubaneswar, Balasore and Jeypore and more number of investigation officers will also be appointed.”
In Bhubaneswar, a forensic lab-cum-training centre infrastructure is under construction. “It will be completed within 1-2 months and we have proposed that the cyber police station in capital city should be in the same premises,” he added.
Sharma informed this on the sidelines of a special two-day workshop organized by CID Crime Branch in collaboration with UNICEF. Over 150-200 officers are will be given training by experts on cyber crime investigations and forensics with special focus to cyber crime against children.
Crime Branch ADG Santosh Upadhyay informed, “Six officers from each district are attending the program and are being trained on how to investigate under the IT act. This will help the victims and complainants as they will not have to travel long distances to the four existing cyber police stations in order to file a report.”
Monika Nielsen, Chief of Field Office UNICEF said, “Cyber crime is progressive but silent. Thus, it is difficult to detect. So, it is important to train a large cadre of police as children are most vulnerable when it comes to cyber crime. We are proud of this initiative and we hope to work with Odisha Police on establishing child-friendly police stations soon.”