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11:00 PM, August 04, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, August 04, 2009

Digital database of criminals in 3-4yrs

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is set to prepare a digital database of criminals, which will be completed in three to four years.
Names and personal details of every single convict, accused and suspect in all criminal cases filed since January, 2000 till date will be in the database to be created under a project, officials in the CID said.
All cases and more than 100 different types of forms used in all 70 district and metropolitan courts will be digitised under the project scheduled to start very soon. Dry runs of the data entry process have already begun.
CID officials said the database will be "politically unbiased". It will be evidence based and not like the conventional list of criminals, which is either prepared afresh or updated whenever a government changes and which is largely used for harassing political rivals.
Bangladesh police have already bought a software titled Criminal Data Management System (CDMS) under the project.
Under the Tk 5 crore project, the CID has already trained 300 people to make the move successful. CID officials also said more people would be trained, as more manpower will be needed for the project.
"Once the database is completed, all crime records and history of a criminal will be available with the press of a button," said a CID official seeking anonymity.
The official also said the automation will be used to monitor crime and criminals. It will also provide intelligence support to investigators.
Under the project the CID will appoint people in all 70 courts--64 district courts and six metropolitan courts--to record all the cases which are under trial or trial of which has been completed, sources in the CID said.
More than 120 forms used in court, including general register, property register, daily under trial register, appeal register, sessions court register, bail bond register and jail register will be fully digitised under the project.
This will reduce the workload of case investigators and court staffers, the CID officials said.
The CID also expects that it will bring an overall change in the court activities.
Asked about the database, CID Deputy Inspector General Saiful Alam said, "This criminal database will really help us a lot."

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