Maharashtra Police get new canine protection force

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Nov 2017 09:14:01


By Dheeraj Fartode,

Specialised guard dogs of ferocious Belgian Malinois breed to be used for protection and combat, says CID chief Sanjay Kumar

A NEW canine force has joined the state police force for detection, protection and police work. Maharashtra Police have procured specialised guard dogs of Belgian Malinois breed. These dogs are being trained at various locations and will be introduced in the service very soon, informed Sanjay Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) and Chief of state Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Talking to The Hitavada at CID office, Sanjay Kumar said that the state police was adopting high-end technology and support to become the most advanced force in the world.

The Maharashtra Police have initiated a process to procure 181 new dogs of Belgian Malinois breed. So far, the first batch of 80 dogs has arrived and the canines are being trained for sniffer, tracker, and bomb detector work in Naxal-infested area. Of them, 20 are being trained as the guard dogs, to protect important belongings and establishments.

“This is for the first time, we are introducing guard dogs in the state police. These dogs will be used to protect people and belongings from dangers. They can be even assigned to guard a bunch of important documents,” Sanjay Kumar said. The Belgian Malinois breed is known to be more ferocious and hardy than other canines currently with the state police.

These dogs are also used in the US to protect the White House. These dogs are more sturdy and fierce than the German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers. Their agility and aggression make them ideal for combats with terrorists and Naxalites.

Advanced technology to detect economic offences

Sanjay Kumar, who has also served in Nagpur in his career, said the department was using advance and new-age technology to bring economic offenders to the book.
“We are using digital forensic auditors and forensic auditors to detect economic offences. These auditors are being used as per the guidelines of Evidence Act. They help police in investigation of bank frauds and fraudulent financial transactions. If someone had manipulated the records, he gets caught in digital forensic audit,” he said.
“Criminals’ modus operandi has become very complex. Unless we match them, we can not detect the case,” he added.

Best in detection

The CID boss claimed that Maharashtra Police is best in the world in detection of cases. “Our detection rate (98%) is the best as compared to any other country,” he said but added, “Total volume of the crime, though, is much more than these countries.”

Conviction rate jumps to 36%

Sanjay Kumar also claimed a big jump in conviction rate. “In 2011 the rate was just 9%. It has now jumped to 36%. Conviction rate in murder cases has touched 35% from 19%,” he informed. However, he said, there were still deep areas of concern including attempt to murder cases, abatement of suicide and domestic violence where complainants often turn hostile.

‘CID serial creating crime scene syndrome’

When touched about the impact of popular television series CID on viewers, the State CID chief said it was creating “uninformed expectation” among the viewers. He called it ‘crime scene syndrome’. “If you are viewing something getting possible in the serial which actually is not possible then people start expecting police to make everything possible,” he said.

Crime trend changing, more focus on economic offences

Commenting on the changing crime scenario, Sanjay Kumar claimed that the change in crime pattern was not drastic but it was slowly shifting towards financial offences.
“The crime pattern in the state now shows increase in frauds, cheating, and cyber crimes. But body offences and thefts cases are decreasing,” he said.

Elaborating on the trend, Sanjay Kumar talked about the factors responsible for any crime. “Cost, risk factor, benefit and punishment are the factors behind any crime. If a crime involves more cost and low benefit, then such cases start decreasing. This has happened with body offences and thefts cases in the state,” he said.

Adoption of new technology, including CCTVs, and massive preventive action has also resulted in the decline in important crime heads, Sanjay Kumar said. Citing example of pickpocketing cases, he said, “Thieves are reluctant to attempt pickpocketing as people are carrying plastic money (debit/credit cards) in their pockets. As there is no benefit in committing the crime and as it involves high risk of being caught in camera, the crime head has drastically reduced.”
While explaining the reason behind increasing trend in chain-snatching cases, the CID chief said these cases were increasing due to high benefits as the robber gets a minimum benefit of Rs 20,000 in an attempt. Terming cyber crime as an area of concern, Sanjay Kumar said that risk is minimal in these cases.

“Cyber crime is faceless, ageless, distanceless crime. Anyone can hack anyone’s banking details and get huge money by fraudulent transaction. That is lot of cyber crime cases remain undetected,” he added.