Geeks are new Super Cops July 28, 2007Posted by rajAT in Uncategorized.
n not so distant future, geeks will moonlight for Punjab police as cyber crime fighters in the virtual world.
Disguised as friendly-neighbourhood-chatters, these nerds will take regular trips of the virtual world, searching for the cyber thugs, stalkers, criminals and paedophiles, and inform their police bosses when they hook a fish.
Besides scanning the virtual realms, these geeks-turned-police agents will also enter the chatrooms where paedophiles hang out and bust paedophilia rings.
Sounds too futuristic? Well, not at least for Punjab police that knows well that cyber crime is here and virtual criminals are here to stay.
Although crime in the virtual world, as far as Punjab is concerned, is almost non-existent, the police department keeping not so distant a future filled with cyber rogues in mind has made a list of proposals to tackle it effectively.
Apart from the setting up of a cyber cell, the panel has proposed to outsource nerds to do the job as “it is probably easier to train technology experts to become investigators, than vice-versa.”
And to do the job and do it well, the department will outsource computer experts, who besides acting as police agents, will also train cops who can’t tell a laptop from a PC.
ADGP (computer and telecommunication) SM Sharma said it was important to hire computer experts for the cyber cell who necessarily don’t have to be cops.
He said crime analysts would also be hired for doing a lot of IT related research work required for investigations and expert support from the outsource agencies could also be taken.
As per the proposal, the cell will be headed by SP (cyber crime) and will have ASP (cyber crime), DSP (pornography), DSP (hackers) among other officers for assistance.
But as one senior officer said, “Geeks will be the masters and act as the real super cops in the virtual world.