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After review projects and assessing the current status and future plans of use of technology by the Delhi Police with specific deadlines for various projects, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has instructed the force to focus on projects concerning safety and security of women and senior citizens.

LG Baijal issued a statement in which he mentioned that in the meeting, he reviewed projects related to information technology, licensing, the special cell of the police, the modernisation unit, the operations and communication unit, the cyber cell and the crime branch.

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The team of police officials informed him about the present status of the integration of all applications (single app), automation of the licensing process, procurement of cyber cell equipment for the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) and setting up of the Malware Forensic Lab among others.

They also apprised him about the use of technology in various projects in the Traffic and Cyber Crime cells and their status. These projects include the setting up of a damaged hard disk forensic lab, procurement of network analysis software, cloud analysis software, an “Open Source Intelligence Solution” and the establishment of a hall for cyber training.

Anil Baijal advised the team that they need to prioritize and take up projects in a phased manner to ensure time-bound completion.

Baijal advised the team that they need to prioritize and take up projects in a phased manner to ensure time-bound completion. “He also directed the Delhi Police to focus on those projects, which were related to the safety and security of women and senior citizens,” the statement said.

Despite measures taken by the government to allocate funds for the Nirbhaya fund to eradicate violence against women after the horrific gangrape of Jyoti Singh in Delhi in 2012, the reported crimes against women in the capital has seen no dip. Even the concerted effort of Delhi government to launch and relaunch their safety app service has only failed to work among women in the city. There is a need for concerted efforts to relook into their initiative and create improved methods by actually speaking to women on the ground as to how would they feel safer.

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