The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has launched the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) under its wing. Armed with an objective to provide transparency and organisation to India’s criminal record-keeping, CCTNS is simply a step forward for the Indian Judiciary. This simple updation of a comprehensive database online would ensure holistic upkeep of criminal records; warding off management issues. It not only avoids unnecessary effort, but also saves up on crucial time. And when criminals are concerned, anybody would agree that time is of the essence. It is also an excellent way for improved investigations. Not only it reduces crime propagation and repeat offenses, it proves a handy tracker for criminals, accused and suspects.
CCTNS was designed with the aim of simplification & transparency.
The benefits of CCTNS keep on coming. There is a reason to breathe a collective sigh of relief for Background check companies in India as this launch means hassle-free criminal background checks. No more red tape & long processes- public record database is now literally a few easy clicks away.
The police stations across the nation that join CCTNS transfer their criminal database online. These include criminal records, photographs, case files and other related information dating ten years back. Also, CCTNS offers customisable solutions for every State’s police force, following true to the respective state laws. The biggest advantage of this system is that it allows police forces to access nationwide criminal records.
This is mutually beneficial for the publics and the Government as it simplifies a very elaborate process of database management & sharing. It poses a series of advantages for citizens, such as hassle-free access to general services such as requesting certificates, verifications, and permissions, tracking petitions & FIRs etc. For investigative & Business Intelligence organizations, this portal is a godsend. It allows the police forces to maintain and update their archives effortlessly. With timely procurement of criminal database, the Judiciary can make a quick yet informed decision. As mentioned above, the scope of this system is immense for a nation like India.
Criminal Background Checks are extremely significant for any Employee Background Screening process. For Background check companies in India who earn their bread and butter based on their expertise in quick and transparent criminal check process, the traditional way of record-keeping and tedious processes incurred too many costs and losses. But now, no more.
To understand the magnitude of the benefit of CCTNS to organizations like these, one must simply learn the traditional process of a simple criminal background check. The organization in concern obtains the candidate’s address along with an intimation of consent from the database provided by the client company. From here, there are two ways to go. The organization can either go to the City Police Records and request information on the said candidate after filing a form. Following that, it takes the City Police a maximum of 30 days to process the request. It takes so much time since it contacts the police stations that are local/adjacent to the candidate’s residence & demand records from there. The alternative way is to contact the local police station personally. The downside to this is that it is not a wider search and may leave out relevant records in a different part of the city. Also, as it is a manual process, it takes time. Once the data on the candidate is received by the organization, it is scanned for possible criminal lawsuits and/or involvement in any. Now, imagine doing this for dozens of candidates on a strict deadline.
The candidate, if found to be involved in a criminal case, is further investigated. The level of the candidate’s involvement in the case is determined through screening of the court records. That way, the organization can understand the nature of the crime and report it accurately to the client. The organization has to follow a similar tedious process to obtain information from a local, city or district court.
It is here that CCTNS comes into play. The CCTNS obliterates the need to follow any of these sketchy methods. By simply entering a FIR number (which is provided by the police records), you get total detailed information of the candidate’s court records (if any), the case details and its proceedings. Since it can be accessed online, a nation-wide search is now possible in minutes.
No doubt a brilliant breakthrough for Indian Judiciary, CCTNS has embarked upon a swift and issue-free journey towards transparency in public proceedings. A blessing in more ways than one, CCTNS efficiently saves time and effort in this otherwise dreary and prolonged process laced with mismanagement & red tape. With seamless sharing of crucial criminal information across several platforms, this portal is brimming with potential. One can only hope there are other governance systems who emulate from this initiative by NCRB.