Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS)

Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) Project The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) Project within the outlay of Rs.2000 crore in the 11th Five Year Plan.

This project would be initiated by the Ministry of Home Affairs and implemented by the National Crime Records Bureau. The CCTNS project is to be implemented in a manner where the major role would lie with the State Governments in order to bring in the requisite stakes, ownership and commitment, and only certain core components would be in the hands of the central Government, apart from the required review and monitoring of project implementation on a continuing basis.

The CCTNS project aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing at the Police Station level through adoption of principles of e-Governance, and creation of a nationwide networked infrastructure for evolution of IT-enabled state-of-the-art tracking system around “investigation of crime and detection of criminals” in the real time. This is a critical requirement in the context of the present day internal security scenario.

The broad objectives of the CCTNS project are streamlining investigation and prosecution processes, strengthening of intelligence gathering machinery, improved public delivery system and citizen-friendly interface, nationwide sharing of information across on crime and criminals and improving efficiency and effectiveness of police functioning. It will also:

• Facilitate collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, transfer and sharing of data and Information among Police Stations, District, State headquarters and other organisation/agencies, including those at Government of India level.

• Help in enabling and assisting the senior Police Officers in better management of Police Force

• Keeping tract of the progress of the crime and criminal investigation and prosecution Cases, including progress of cases in the court

• Help in reducing the manual and redundant record keeping.

This project aims to fulfil the above mentioned objectives over a period of three years.

An indicative list of e-services expected from CCTNS to citizens would be filing of complaints / information to concerned Police Station; obtaining status of complaints / cases registered at Police Stations; obtaining copies of FIRs, post-mortem reports and other permissible documents etc.


The CCTNS Programme was conceived as a Mission Mode Project fully sponsored by the Government of India under the national e-Governance Programme.

With the launching of CCTNS, the erstwhile Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA) programme would be subsumed into it in a manner that the work already done thereunder is not disrupted. CIPA had been initiated to computerize and automate the functioning of police stations with a view to bringing in efficiency and transparency in various processes and functions at the police station level and improve service delivery to the citizens. So far, 2760 police stations, out of a total of around 14000 police stations across the country, have been covered under the Scheme.


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