New Delhi: The first National Conference of Investigation Agencies will be held on 12-13 August, 2016, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Jointly organised by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the conference is aimed at providing a platform for the country’s different law enforcement agencies to come together and discuss a coordinated strategy to tackle crime.
“The conference envisages to provide an annual national platform to all the officers of law enforcement agencies engaged in investigation tasks with the objective to discuss the latest laws and judgments and their implications for investigation and prosecution and to deliberate on new legislation/criminal law amendments and systematic changes for meeting new challenges in investigation," the home ministry said in a press statement.
The BRP&D was set up in 1970 by the central government with the primary mandate of modernising the police forces.
The ministry added that the conference was expected to serve as an ideal stage for sharing of best investigative practices. Also set to be discussed in the conference are latest technological advancements in forensic sciences for expeditious and professional investigation.
“The conference offers sessions by investigation experts of national repute on themes of combating economic and organized crime, digital and technology- driven crime, terrorist crime Investigation, legal issues relating to investigation," the ministry said.
Cyber crime, where conviction rates continue to be very low in India, is also on the agenda of the conference. Apart from deliberating on international best practices and strategic responses to cyber crimes, the conference will see discussions on the need for fresh legislation and amendments required in existing laws to facilitate investigation pertaining to cyber crimes.
Senior and mid-level policemen from all states and union territories are expected to participate in the conference.