Ahmedabad: In an innovative initiative, the Gujarat government on Monday launched the Pocket Cop project in the state capital, which will provide Gujarat’s policemen with smartphones that will be pre-loaded with data of people with criminal past and applications that would help the cops in passport verification and find missing people and vehicles.

About 4,900 policemen will be provided with these smartphones, which include police station in-charges, investigating officers and those personnel who are deployed with PCR vans and on passport verification duty. The project was previously put on trial in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, and after its success, it was decided to be launched across the state. During the trial run, passport verification of about 2100 citizens was done successfully through this project.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who launched this project in a function held at the state capital, said that this project will help to bring down the crime rate in the state and instill fear among criminals. According to a government release, the smartphones that will be provided to the cops will have the criminal database of about 68 lakh criminals, which will come to great help whenever they are investigating onto any crime. Rupani also announced of bringing all the districts of the state under CCTV surveillance network within 3 months. The event was attended by DGP Police Shivanand Jha, Gujarat Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja, and top cop Dr. Shamsher Singh who is the Addl. DGP of IT & Cyber Security.