Hi-Tech Crime Enquiry Cell
The Hi-Tech Crime Enquiry Cell had been created to prevent and detect serious and organized Cyber crimes with assistance from other government agencies, the private sector, academic institutions, and foreign counterparts. It had originated as a special cell of Kerala Police and started functioning on 05th May 2006 by a special order of DGP of Kerala. Hi-Tech Cell currently functions under the direct supervision of SP, HQ Crime Branch and the overall command of Addl. Director General of Police, Crimes.
Hi-Tech Crime Enquiry Cell generally enquire into matters such as Hacking of websites, Online cheating, email hacking, Nigerian Scams, Phishing, Source code theft, identity theft, Child pornography, Social media abuse, Mobile phone abuse, loss/theft of mobile phone and a growing list of Computer, Internet and mobile phone facilitated crimes.
The Cell functions as an Expert support and analysis unit to various Police Stations and other police units in the matter concerning Investigation of Cyber Crimes and other Crimes where Technology has been used, requiring technical expertise to retrieve technical evidence. The Cell has not been given powers to register criminal cases relating to cyber crimes and conduct Investigation of Criminal cases.
The officers in Hi-Tech cell also undertake extensive awareness activities on cyber crimes and its prevention among students, employees of various organizations and the general public.
This Cell is the Nodal Unit for the entire Kerala Police to interact with such units like CDAC, C-DIT, NIC, Kerala IT Mission, KELTRON, Reprographic Centre, BSNL, All Internet Service Providers as far as Crime Investigation and related matters are concerned.