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Boost in police efficiency via 'CRIMES'

Access to centralised database expected to improve working process, performance

The Royal Thai Police has developed a new information and communication technology system called CRIMES, which will improve its efficiency and the performance of the police force as a whole by connecting some 1,700 police stations and related units nationwide to a centralised database.

Pol Lt-General Prawut Thavornsi, commissioner of the Royal Thai Police's Office of Information and Communication Technology, said his agency had spent three years in the development of CRIMES, which stands for the Criminal Record Information Management Enterprise System.

He hopes to connect the system to all police stations in the latter half of next year, following a pilot project.

CRIMES is a management and working system for police stations across the Kingdom that gathers information in a centralised system, which allows police to easily access details on criminals and related matters via an information searching system.

The centralised system will be connected with around 1,700 police stations and police agents nationwide, which will make it more convenient to search for and match information on crimes and criminals.

The system comprises five parts: an online data entry system, which will reduce the need for paper documents and provide around 30 digital forms; a data searching system; a warning system; a statistical analysis and reporting system; and a data management system.

Prawut said the data entry system would enable police officers to access data digitally in real time, which would reduce the complexity of the working process.

The data searching system will allow officers to connect to and access all police stations nationwide, and hence all criminal cases, in real time.

The warning system, meanwhile, will provide urgent alerts on a case or cases, with police also able to input information into the system. They will able to check information from the database in order to detect cases of criminality, while the system also provides for reminder alerts.

The statistical analysis and reporting system will be able to provide data and analysis for monitoring and the preparation of resources, which among things will reduce the risk inherent with supporting each situation, he said.

Lastly, the data management system will increase the efficiency of communication between police stations, as well as the operational process of the force as a whole, he added.

"I think the system will be very useful for police officers when accessing the details of criminal records. The system will allow them to access criminal records from a computer system and without the need to do so using paper documents. It will improve the performance of the police nationwide.

"Everything about a crime can be connected between police stations and agents nationwide. It will make a powerful system for the police to support the public safety of Thai people. The system will also be easy to use," said Prawut.

His office has been developing CRIMES for three years and is currently running a pilot project at Sam Khok police station in Pathum Thani province.

The Royal Thai Police expects to connect CRIMES to all police stations within the second half of next year, he said.

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