Di­rec­torate of Co­or­di­na­tion, Po­lice Wire­less to cel­e­brate 70th Rais­ing Day


The Di­rec­torate of Co­or­di­na­tion, Po­lice Wire­less (DCPW) will cel­e­brate its 70th Rais­ing Day on Fe­bru­ary 19, 2016. The Di­rec­torate came into ex­is­tence this day in 1946 ini­tially as “In­spec­torate of Wire­less” and was later ac­corded the sta­tus of Di­rec­torate of Co­or­di­na­tion (Po­lice Wire­less), a sub­or­di­nate or­gan­i­sa­tion, un­der the Min­istry of Home Affairs in 1950. It is en­trusted with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of co­or­di­nat­ing for de­vel­op­ing and es­tab­lish­ing the po­lice telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work in the coun­try and also to ad­vise MHA on all po­lice telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion mat­ters.

The DCPW op­er­ates a round-the-clock In­ter State Po­lice Wire­less (ISPW) Net­work through its 31 sta­tions in all States cap­i­tals/ Union Ter­ri­to­ries (UTs) for de­liv­er­ing emer­gent mes­sages per­tain­ing to law and or­der. It has an ex­ten­sive net­work of very small aper­ture ter­mi­nals (VSATs) spread over the en­tire coun­try and ex­tend­ing con­nec­tiv­ity to all district/state head­quar­ters and Na­tional Cap­i­tal Delhi through its satel­lite based net­work namely Po­lice Net­work (POLNET). This satel­lite-based net­work has been ac­tively in­volved in fa­cil­i­tat­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion among var­i­ous State Po­lice/Cen­tral Armed Po­lice Forces (CAPFs). The Di­rec­torate has an es­tab­lished high fre­quency (HF) com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work at its HQ and In­ter-State Po­lice Wire­less (ISPW) sta­tions lo­cated in all State cap­i­tals and UTs. The DCPW is a nodal ad­vi­sory body to the Min­istry of Home Affairs for the po­lice telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion in the coun­try and for lay­ing down tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions for com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment to be in­ducted in the po­lice forces in the coun­try. It acts as a nodal agency for co­or­di­nat­ing var­i­ous po­lice com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices of States/UTs/CAPFs. Ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion se­cu­rity mat­ters for all State/UTs Po­lice and CAPFs are also co­or­di­nated by DCPW. It is a mem­ber of ad­vi­sory body for fre­quency al­lo­ca­tion to Wire­less Plan­ning and Co­or­di­na­tion Wing (WPC) of the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and IT.

Act­ing as the Cen­tral Dis­tribut­ing Au­thor­ity (CDA) for Cryp­to­graphic Doc­u­ments and Devices be­ing used by the State Po­lice Ra­dio Or­gan­i­sa­tions, the Di­rec­torate runs the Cen­tral Po­lice Ra­dio Train­ing In­sti­tute, a full-fledged na­tional level po­lice wire­less train­ing in­sti­tute to cater the needs of States/CAPFs and other se­cu­rity or­gan­i­sa­tions to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of their tech­ni­cal, op­er­a­tional and ci­pher man­power. To meet the com­mu­ni­ca­tion needs of State Po­lice Or­gan­i­sa­tion/CAPFs, the Di­rec­torate main­tains a re­serve stock of ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion sets. The DCPW has a tech­ni­cal work­shop en­trusted with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of car­ry­ing out ser­vice­abil­ity test­ing/re­pair of ra­dio equip­ments and its ac­ces­sories.

Since the first In­ter-State Po­lice Ra­dio Con­trol Sta­tion was es­tab­lished in New Delhi in the year 1949, the DCPW has many land­marks to its credit. First use of closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) for ‘Crowd Con­trol’ was done in the year 1974, dur­ing the Kumbh Mela at Harid­war. Work on im­ple­men­ta­tion of ‘pi­lot pro­ject’ re­lat­ing to the Na­tional Po­lice Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Net­work Plan was ini­ti­ated by DCPW in 1990. In 2003, a DCPW team vis­ited Afghanistan for restor­ing their com­mu­ni­ca­tion un­der the di­rec­tions of the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Affairs. Dur­ing the 2004 Asian tsunami, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion link were re­stored in the rav­aged An­daman & Ni­co­bar Is­lands by an ex­pert team of DCPW us­ing POLNET VSATs ter­mi­nals. In Septem­ber 2014 when Sri­na­gar was flooded, an emer­gency team was rushed from DCPW to re­store wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Delhi and the task was ac­com­plished suc­cess­fully. In April 2015 also, dur­ing Nepal earth­quake, a team was rushed to Kath­mandu from DCPW to re­store wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween In­dian Em­bassy in Kath­mandu and New Delhi and sup­ported NDRF team in re­lief and res­cue mis­sion.

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