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Mumbai Police To Become Cyber Cops

The Mumbai police will initiate a campaign to raise awareness about cyber crime, safe practice of online transactions and set up e-panchayats in residential apartment societies in 2007.

NASSCOM in association with Mumbai police will be running the "Cyber Safety Week" starting December 29, 2006 to January 4, 2007. This is the fourth year of "Cyber Safety Week" that conducts various activities relating to the awareness drive among people on Internet crime.

The initiatives have been including cyber safety education to residents of housing societies, setting a police station by the IT sector, and public awareness spread through movie halls and e-panchayat. The campaign will start off in the Godrej Park locality on Napean Sea Road.

The drafting of plans are over and Mr. A.N. Roy, Mumbai police chief mentioned on December 29, 2006 that they would begin implementing them from December 30, 2006. The police have joined with the industry body 'Nasscom' to run the annual 'Cyber Crime Safety Week'.

Roy said that they've been celebrating cyber safety week every year for the past three years. This time they intended to instill knowledge among the people of the housing societies with the help of the local police stations. The men of the organizations were being trained at the cyber lab in Worli and by January, there would be approximately 1,000-trained officers proficient to spread cyber crime awareness. The cyber cops will visit the Mumbai housing societies and educate the people about online crimes.

While addressing the media Mr. Roy said the campaign would carry out its program with the aid of several Information Technology companies, which would aim to prevent online transaction frauds.

The police have also contacted several software companies with the request to select the nearest police station to educate its staff on cyber technology. According to Mr. Roy a minimum of 25 companies, including Infrasoft Technologies and the Computer Society of India, have exhibited their consent on this initiative. These companies will train the personnel of their chosen police station for a year.

Roy hopes the interaction with the IT companies will increase the cyber detection work, involving hacking, online ticketing frauds and so on.

Related article: Mumbai Man Accused of phishing HDFC Bank Accounts Faces Arrest

» SPAMfighter News - 04-01-2007

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