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CHRI launches Virtual Police Station, a training tool for police and education tool for public
The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) launched the groundbreaking training tool for the police and education tool for the public called Virtual Police Station (VPS).

Combining cutting edge technology with first-rate legal expertise, the VPS through the click of a mouse allows the police and public to enter every room of a computerized police station to explore and learn the key procedures and processes that are necessary every day, such as arrest, registration of complaints of sexual assault, registration of FIRs and more.

Speaking at a press conference to launch the VPS, Maja Daruwala, Director, CHRI, said, "Having established empirically, through our report, Rough Roads to Equality - Women Police in South Asia, released on 19th August, 2015, that the police needs to be made more gender inclusive and gender responsive, we have now come out with a training tool that can help make the police truly representative, citizen-centric and community friendly".

She felt that the VPS is one more step in humanizing the functioning of the police and stated that it strives to "demystify the police station by exposing us to the layers of work-management, administration, investigation, going to court, forensics - that the personnel in the police station performs."

According to a release, reinforcing these views, Poonam Muttreja, Executive Committee Member, CHRI, stated that "this is a timely intervention that will go a long way in strengthening the police as a service rather than a force, as well as enabling and facilitating citizens in many ways."

Realising the significance of the VPS training tool, Vishal Bharadwaj, producer and script writer of the recently released much acclaimed film 'Talvar' hailed it as an 'incredible initiative by CHRI." He went on to call it an "invaluable resource" for the police, one which will teach a "cadet to follow correct procedures and for the public to understand their rights."

Explaining the tool, Vivek Trivedi, project lead and Communications Officer, CHRI, said, "Clicking on various members of the police and public, or objects such as registers and phones, prompts a video and text box to open that explains these key procedures, and seminal resources such as case law and legislation are provided for even deeper learning."

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