A central automated finger printing system with Swedish assistance is to be set up connecting island-wide police stations to expedite investigations on criminals and terrorists, the Inspector General of Police said.
IGP Chandra Fernando told Daily Mirror yesterday that the system will be introduced within this year and is expected to cost Rs.700,000,000 million. The system will expedite police investigations and will minimize criminal activities in the country he said.
Under this system all police stations will be provided with computers and other facilities to carry out DNA tests and finger print matching instantly..
According to the Police Chief, the new system will help the police to identify any suspect, who had been listed as an accused in earlier cases. He expected the system to be introduced soon.
He said presently police carry out finger print tests manually, but the new system would bring the force up to international standards.
The IGP said that within a year the Police Department would be modernized and recruit 2,500 more policemen. He said that within the first three months 1,000 cadres would be recruited, while another 1,500 would be recruited by the end of the year.
According to the IGP, all police stations would be provided with new vehicles and other electronic equipment including new communication systems. Plans were also underway to upgrade police stations to make the stations more public friendly and sophisticated he said.