Mumbai Police have bagged an award for initiating proactive steps to tackle cyber crime and building capacities to address investigation needs of online space.
The city police beat their Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh counterparts to bag ‘Excellence in Capacity Building of Law Enforcement Agencies’ award instituted by NASSCOM/DSCI.
NASSCOM is a top body of Indian IT and BPO industry, while DSCI is an independent, self-regulatory organisation established by it to promote data protection, security and privacy best practices.
On behalf of Mumbai Police, the award was received by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detection, Crime Branch) Dhananjay Kulkarni at a function here early this month.
Kulkarni explained the steps taken by the police to curb cyber crimes in the financial capital.
“As cyber crimes emerged as a big challenge for law enforcement agencies in India, Mumbai Police set up a special cell in December 2000 to handle offences taking place in the virtual world,” he said.
Cyber Crime Investigation Cell in handling such cases.
With its growing economy, huge IT industry, increasing rollout of e-Governance and online applications and burgeoning tech-savvy generation of citizens, the organised cyber criminals have been finding numerous platforms to lure and trap victims, he added.
As dimensions of security problem increased manifold in online space, police launched Mumbai Cyber Lab (MCL) in 2004 in a bid to quickly scale up capacity to fight cyber crimes. In addition to this, the lab has been training law enforces in cyber crime investigations and cyber forensics.
Maharashtra’s first full-fledged Cyber Police Station was set up in 2009 in suburban Bandra, Kulkarni added.
The award recognises the relentless efforts by Mumbai Police over the years to tackle unlawful activities taking place in the cyber world, the DCP added.