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Data of more than 8,000 drug cases entered into national database

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Co-operation forces display evidence collected during the arrest of a suspect. Police

Data from more than 8,000 drug cases has been entered into the national database for drug crime management during 2020.

General Mok Chito, deputy national police chief said on Friday at a presentation of the annual report: “The national database is to prevent and suppress drug crimes and maintain the information of perpetrators who have committed them.”

He said in order to make the national database more effective, he proposed four goals for 2021.

First, the national database should be updated by adding a face-scanning function and creating a mobile application available on the App Store and Play Store so police can immediately enter data, which is currently entered only on computers.

Second, increase the integration of drug crime data and scan the perpetrator’s fingerprints into the national database 100 percent of the time.

Third, make monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports summarising the results of the implementation of the national database to management.

“The fourth recommendation is to continue to hold short training courses for officers who manage the national database,” he said.

Gen Chito praised the Phnom Penh and Provincial Committees for paying attention to the data entered into the national database for drug crime management.

“I request all police officers to pay more attention to the COVID-19 virus because this virus has now mutated from the old virus to the new virus. Therefore, it is necessary to strictly follow the principles of the Ministry of Health, especially if you have relatives who are migrant workers or from abroad. They must be instructed to do the full quarantine for 14 days,” he added.

According to a report by Major General In Song, deputy director of the Anti–Drug Department, police entered the data on drug offences in 2020 into the national database.

It said that data of about 15,856 suspects had been entered into the database from 8,080 cases out of 9,024 cases equal to 89.55 percent. The history of suspects includes fingerprint and scanned photos.

It said of the 1,585 remaining suspects, 359 have outstanding warrants.

It said records of drug evidence were entered totalling 3,355 kilogrammes and 432.5 grammes. Equipment seized was listed as 105 cars, 1,758 motorcycles, 5,526 mobile phones, 23 pistols and six long guns.

It added that the nine commissions equipped with computers and fingerprint scanners are Koh Kong, Mondulkiri, Preah Vihear, Prey Veng, Ratanakiri, Stung Treng, Oddar Meanchey, Kep and Pailin provinces.

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