Cops to mon­i­tor trends on so­cial me­dia, iden­tify se­cu­rity threats

The lab will en­hance proac­tive polic­ing, pro­vide the po­lice with bet­ter in­tel­li­gence

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ■ ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Navi Mum­bai po­lice have set up a so­cial me­dia lab at their po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate of­fice in CBD Be­la­pur to track so­cial me­dia to gauge the sen­ti­ments of Navi Mum­bai­ites and to iden­tify po­ten­tial threats to se­cu­rity.

The lab was in­au­gu­rated on Thurs­day by ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice Vi­jay Cha­van in the pres­ence of po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan.

The lab is manned by a 15-mem­ber team that has been trained for its spe­cialised work. The team will work 24x7 in two shifts to col­lect rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion from so­cial me­dia. Sawant said, “Peo­ple to­day com­mu­ni­cate with each other us­ing mo­bile phones, tele­phone, in­ter­net fo­rums and so on. It has been ob­served that the tra­di­tional sources of in­for­ma­tion some­times do not give the cor­rect pic­ture about the so­ci­ety’s needs and mis­giv­ings.”

Giv­ing an ex­am­ple, Sawant said, “There was a ma­jor law and

or­der prob­lem in Delhi fol­low­ing the rape and mur­der of a med­i­cal stu­dent. There was an in­stant out­burst of anger from young peo­ple, which ini­tially occurred pre­dom­i­nantly through so­cial me­dia.”

He said, “To have the feel of the

pulse of the cit­i­zens, their mood and their expectations from the po­lice and gov­ern­ment, it has be­come nec­es­sary to fol­low so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­i­ties in the open pub­lic do­main.”

He said, “It will also help us

gauge if anti-so­cial or terror el­e­ments are try­ing to in­flu­ence any­one or if some­one is be­ing brain­washed against the sys­tem or the gov­ern­ment. It will help us take pre­ven­tive ac­tion in time.”

Cha­van said, “The lab has been es­tab­lished with the aim of keep­ing tabs on the sen­ti­ments preva­lent on, and ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing on the so­cial me­dia. The lab will en­hance our proac­tive polic­ing and pro­vide us with bet­ter in­tel­li­gence, be­cause in­for­ma­tion spreads quickly on so­cial me­dia.”

Cha­van said, “We aim to gather all the avail­able knowl­edge about the as­pi­ra­tions of the pub­lic and is­sues need­ing im­me­di­ate and long-term at­ten­tion.”

Cha­van said, “Equipped with this knowl­edge, Navi Mum­bai po­lice will pre­pare it­self to en­hance the safety and se­cu­rity of cit­i­zens.”


Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the so­cial me­dia lab of the Navi Mum­bai po­lice on Thurs­day.

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