Thursday, May 23, 2013

Soon, crime scene simulator for UT police

CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh Police is all set to introduce the facility of crime scene simulator to train its staff to deal more efficiently and swiftly with an emergency situation.

The simulator, which will be set up at a budget of Rs 35 lakh, will create a crime or an accident scene and help policemen learn under controlled conditions.

"Police have to deal with many unpredictable situations at crime spots. Many cops face them for the first time and these require utmost precision to ensure that crucial evidences are not lost. Crime scene simulators will train our force to deal with actual crime situations more efficiently," said Alok Kumar, UT deputy inspector general of police.

"Many crime investigation agencies in America and Europe use these simulators and the results are very fruitful. It will help reduce the reaction time of cops significantly," he added.

The simulator labs will be set up at Police Lines in Sector 26. Police officers said training would be compulsory for all cops.

On May 7, the UT police had drawn flak for its "insensitive" approach while dealing with an accident case. Cops had taken Sharmila Sharma, a 34-year-old woman, to a hospital two hours after she was hit by a CTU bus.