The special police station will have an over 300-strong workforce, including four additional SPs, eight assistant SPs, 30 inspectors, and at least 60 sub-inspectors
The Cyber Police Centre of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police is now working on a proposal for setting up a separate police station to handle cases related to cyber crimes across the country.
If approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs, it will be the country’s first police station dedicated to cybercrimes and led by an additional deputy inspector general.
The special police station will have an over 300-strong workforce, including four additional SPs, eight assistant SPs, 30 inspectors, and at least 60 sub-inspectors.
It will also be the first time in the country that an officer with a higher rank than as officer in-charge (OC) will head a police station that will be supported by more than 1,500 cybercrimes trained policemen.
Md Shah Alam, deputy inspector general (DIG) of CID's Cyber Police Centre, told Dhaka Tribune that a draft proposal will be sent to the Police Headquarters in this regard and after scrutiny, a final proposal will be sent to the ministry for approval.
''We are investigating cases related to cybercrime from various police station cases. If the government approves CID's police station then victims can file a case there and it will be helpful to receive cases, investigate and issue charge sheets,” he added.
CID Chief Additional Inspector General Mahbubur Rahman recently said victims of cybercrimes across the country will be able to file cases or complain with the cyber police station. Police officials with expertise in cybercrimes investigate the cases, prepare reports, and submit them to the court.
Talking to Dhaka Tribune, CID officials said they will go for an experimental launch as the final approval may take much time as it needs to get final clearance from the National Implementation Committee for Administrative Reforms (NICAR), after winning approvals from the Police Headquarters and the Home Ministry.
The online system will be launched gradually, with two superintendents of police assisting the additional DIG for monitoring and investigation units.
Currently, CID's Cybercrime Centre provides citizens with advice through its hotline 0173-033-6431, while the victims file complaints with police stations or cases at court. They will be able to file the complaints or cases at the special police station when it opens.
CID is currently investigating cases filed under 22 types of crimes, such as money laundering, human trafficking, organised crimes, and sensational murders. Currently, the specialized police unit is investigating around 5,811 cases across the country. Of them, 23 to 24% are murder cases.