National Police IT Center


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Training is an essential part of the computing infrastructure and the key to establish the police in the network of relationships that make computerized systems effective. It is only through adequate education and training, the endusers in the police department can understand the vital link they play as they are both consumers and suppliers of information. It is an ongoing and a continuous process.

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National Police IT Center

  1. 1. 1 National Police IT Center Concept Paper Introduction Training is an essential part of the computing infrastructure and the key to establish the police in the network of relationships that make computerized systems effective. It is only through adequate education and training, the end- users in the police department can understand the vital link they play as they are both consumers and suppliers of information. It is an ongoing and a continuous process. For an effective change management initiation and sustenance, it is very essential to plan and execute an efficient capacity building process which would facilitate the transformation of the human resource, Present IT training of Police Officers and men which is imparted by various vendors, curriculum designed, training infrastructure and the quality of the trainers are not uniform and the standards are not in sync with the industry. The result of which is clearly reflected in the quality of the performance of the end- users and the general quality of computerization. The capacity building across the country should suffice to the requirement of various domains like creation and managing the datacenter, creation and maintenance of network, implementation and usage of various policing and allied applications etc. We are now in an age of standardization and uniformity and the establishment of a National Police IT Center would cater to a long pending requirement felt by one and all in the forces across the country. With the vast resource of IT talent available and world class institutions and companies to assist, Bangalore undoubtedly is the ideal location. Catering to the country’s police forces in general and Karnataka State Police in particular, this institute aims at becoming a center for excellence in a very short time. Police IT, the ERP solution of Karantaka State Police with 12 modules is in final stages of completion. Of the 12 modules 4 have been deployed and are in different stages of usage across the state. The overall requirement of 14,000 end users training is a mammoth task to be completed for the complete deployment of the Police IT application. Vast multiplicity of Vendors with no certification so to
  2. 2. 2 say and each having its own business model, the overlapping of the capabilities of the company over the requirements of the end users poses problems which cannot be resolved by officers who generally lack the ideal combination of domain knowledge and knowledge of capacity building skills. National Police IT Center would provide ideal platform to build the required capabilities besides meeting to large number of other police requirements related to IT. Gap Analysis The present day IT training in Karnataka is limited to computer training for constables, Sub Inspectors and DySPs imparted during their Basic training at academies/training colleges/schools and through courses offered by Vendors on basic computer skills. Each of these agencies offer different training curriculum and training is dealt in an adhoc manner, the end result is that today we don’t have a workfoce which can switch over to the Police IT application with ease. The training infrastructure, the human resources, the course content, training methodology etc needs complete change The cutting edge and middle level officers are the biggest obstacles to the computerization process today. There is a huge gap between the present status of IT training and what is required and hence the establishment of the IT training center. Objective At the primary level the Center would, based on empirical data and field level studies in the Police would suggest: Induction of available IT solutions into Police Customisation of IT technologies- adapting of successful technologies to the requirements of the Police To develop technologies for different specific requirements of the Police As a national center for excellence the center would provide world class training, certification, provide fellowships, aid research in all its dimensions and provide an environment for grooming of Police IT professionals- Police Officers with complete knowledge to take advantage of all available IT solutions in use. The national centre will also emphasize on Greening Police IT. Police IT infrastructure consumes millions of kilowatt hours every year. The Institute’s R&D activities will
  3. 3. 3 investigate and evolve methods to reduce IT energy consumption from an end to end perspective. Governing Body DG & IGP would be the chairperson of the governing body and a prominent IT expert would be the Vice Chairperson. The body would be having ten members with equal number of official and non-official members. IGP, PCW would be the member secretary. The Governing Body would have the same powers as in the case of Governing bodies of similar institutes. Representation can also be provided to few eminent citizens who are men of repute and add value to the organization. Heads of IIIT, B and IIM, B should be permanent members on the Governing Council. Location National Police IT Center can be located in any of the central areas of Bangalore preferably Koramangla where Police land can be made available immediately. Kormangla is centrally located and is within half an hour travelling time from most of important locations in Bangalore. It provides the same access to BIAL, Railway Station and Bus Stations as any other central location of Bangalore. The total plot required for the establishment of this Center would be around 10 acres. A plot of this size would provide enough space for Administrative Building, Classrooms, library, Auditorium, Convention Center, Staff accommodation, trainees hostel, senior officers mess, amphitheater, Sports facilities, IT labs, maintenance establishment and landscaped areas to provide the right ambience and the environment so typical of reputed institutions of this nature. The Campus Develop an eco friendly campus where the building to common spaces would be 1:4 at the minimum. The design of the whole campus can entrusted to a good architect on the lines of other Centers/Academies. Roads, small traffic islands, signage, buildings, gardens, amphitheater and convention center would be the general setting of the Campus. Buildings to be constructed are:
  4. 4. 4 Sl.No Name of Building Units Details/Floor Area Cost Sl. No. Name of Building Units Details/Floor Area Cost 1 Administrative Building 1 Directors Office, 2 Deputy Directors Offices, Admin Officer, 2 Admin Offices 2 Departmental Offices 1 3 Training Offices/Class Rooms 1 4 Directors Residence 1 5 Faculty Residences 1 6 Staff Residences 1 7 Convention Centre 1 8 Class4 Accommodation 1 9 Trainee Hostel 1 10 Officers Mess 1 HR This Center would employ the best of the brains available in the field with the commitment to do something worthwhile for the society. The overall staffing would be combination of police officers and staff drawn from private companies/reputed academic institutions on deputation basis. There would also be a group of guest lecturers working on honorarium. Experts from the field would be invited for specialized topics. Head of each department will be assisted by four professors who are experts in their area of specialization. Some junior professors/lecturers would also assist in various areas of the departments functioning. This group is being termed as the support staff. The staffing is proposed as follows:
  5. 5. 5 Sl. No. Designation No. of Posts 1 Director 1 2 Dy. Director 2 3 Heads of Depts 6 Sl. No. Designation No. of Posts… 4 Professors 20 5 Support Staff 30 6 Admin Middle Level 5 7 Administrative Officer 1 7 Ministerial Staff 20 8 Drivers 15 9 Class IV 30 The job descriptions of the staff have to be detailed with specifics so that the gestation period of making the Center fully functional is cut down considerably. The services of a professional HR company assisting the Center in hiring the staff and other HR related activities would be required for the creation of the Center. Organization The Director would be assisted by two Deputy Director handling the Technical and Non-Technical wings of the Center. The Center would be divided into 6 departments namely: Data Center, Networking and IT Security Police IT and Other Softwares Management Studies Training Research and Development Administration Each of the departments would function under the overall control of the Head of that particular Department. He would be having around 5 professors working under him on a full time basis. The professors would be from different areas of specialization. All the staff members of the Center would have training functions as well. As the police does not have any specialized center for Management Studies, a management department is envisaged at this Center. If it progresses
  6. 6. 6 the way it has been planned it can become a full fledged Management institute in the days to come. Cost Calculation and Timelines With the nature and quantum of civil infrastructure proposed with state of art IT facilities (inclusive of furniture etc.) at the present rate, the cost of infrastructure would be around 15 Crores. The total recurring cost would be to the tune of Rs 6 Crores. The detailed modalities will have to be worked out. The quality of staff decided upon would have a direct bearing on the recurring cost which the Center would incur. Considering the time required for the approval process, detailed plan report, sourcing of funds and taking on board the Human Resource and civil infrastructure the entire project would require around 1 year to start functioning and around 2 years to become fully funcitonal. Funding Though the Center would be located in Bangalore it would cater to the IT requirements of all the police forces across the country. The Govt. of India can fund the initially as grant in aid. The Ministry of IT can also be asked to assist in providing a part of the capital cost. The recurring cost can also be shared between MHA or any of its projects, Ministry of IT, GoI and the Government of Karnataka. The Center can also function on a business model where all the beneficiary states either pay for the number of trainees who attend courses at differential rates depending the nature of the course attended or a lump sum amount agreed upon by the state and the National Police IT Center. The real non-recurring expenditure per annum has to be calculated and funding mechanism has to devised to meet those requirements. There is also a need for a corpus fund which would take care of any exigencies. Conclusion Once the entire project is put to operation, the entire police force in the country would be greatly benefitted as a detailed role description, responsibility can be worked out based on the present day challenges and requirements. The center would cater to all the IT requirements of the police force. It would act as a change initiator, an active forum for discussions on information technology
  7. 7. 7 available on hand at any point of time and its adaptability to the police environment. It will enable Research and Development on various aspects of the police functioning with respect to IT and its overall impact and to evolve processes and guidelines that would benefit the police. It would take critical discussions which would have a great impact on the police functioning, making the force modern, more efficient and ultimately impact the general public through its services.