Facial Recognition System behind 42 arrests since Aug 2020: Delhi Police

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New Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI) The Delhi Police has arrested 42 criminals with the help of facial recognition system (FRS) through e-beat book since August last year, officials said on Wednesday.

According to police, the FRS enables the user to run facial scan of suspects and find their criminal history, if any, on the spot.

So far, 42 criminals have been arrested with the help of this feature, while 18,968 FRS scans were conducted by beat staff till March 23, 2021, police said.

Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, the Delhi Police successfully converted challenges into opportunities and planned, developed and successfully implemented the critical project of e-beat book system, according to a statement.

A beat is the smallest unit in policing. Each police station is normally divided into 10 to 16 beats under the lookout of 3 to 4 beat officers who handle the ground level policing.

The Delhi Police introduced this web-based application on August 15, 2020. The system covers 178 police stations, 822 division and 1,752 beats, which are specifically the base level components of law-and-order machinery, it stated.

Traditionally, the data regarding special features of the beat was collected and compiled in a paper beat book. The same is now stored electronically in these handy, user-friendly and web enabled smart devices, the statement said.

This is a digital solution for data collection, analysis and retrieval processes. Now, a beat officer can have all relevant data i.e. crime, criminal, dossier, fingerprint, vehicle registration etc. along with him in a device, it said, adding that the system fetches near real-time data from data banks of the Delhi Police.

Eleven motor vehicle thieves have been arrested and 16 vehicles recovered by using e-beat book from 7,881 stolen vehicle and 801 missing mobile searches till March 23, 2021, it stated.

The tenant and servant verification process are another important process established in e-beat book. All requests and special verifications drives are recorded and the data is subsequently synced with crime and criminal tracking network and systems (CCTNS), it said.

If the required address is of Delhi, verification request is automatically forwarded to concerned beat; else an auto-generated email is sent to the district superintendent of police concerned. A total of 71,936 tenant verifications and 72,647 servant verifications have been conducted through the system, the statement added. PTI NIT CK