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The Virtual Police Station

By: Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has developed the Virtual Police Station (VPS), a first of its kind training tool for the police and empowerment tool for the public.  Created with the cooperation of the Rajasthan Police, the VPS allows police, civil society and the public to enter a computerized police station to explore each room in 360 degrees and learn the many processes and procedures that are performed daily. This groundbreaking multi-language program works both online and offline, is completely integrated to social media, and has been called the “next generation of police training” by several high-ranking officers such as former DGP Omendra Bharadwaj (Rajasthan).

The VPS is as thorough as it is innovative.  The rooms that can be explored in our program include the Reception, Station Writer’s Room, Lock Up, Case Property Room, SHO Office and more.  A user can click on several items in each of these rooms, such as objects (registers, evidence, police equipment, telephones, etc), police personnel (duty officer, investigating officer, station writer, station house officer, case property officer, etc), and citizens who interact with the police and the justice system  (a witness, accused, female victim, male victim, etc). Once something is clicked, detailed information is provided using videos and text boxes that reflect legal procedures to be followed down to the CrPC section.