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Assam Police Radio Organisation (APRO)
 
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Objectives of APRO

Primary Role : To support the law and order enforcing agencies by providing reliable, secure and high speed communication towards effective maintenance of law and order, prevention and detection of crimes and criminals. To provide communication anywhere in the state in matters of public importance and during natural calamities like earthquake, flood, cyclone, etc.
Additional Role : To provide communication to other Departments of the Govt of Assam
To Provide communication anywhere in the state in matters of public importance and during natural calamities like earthquake, flood, cyclone, etc.
 

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Background of APRO

The importance of the Wireless Communication in Assam was felt in 1944 during the World War-II
n Assam, Police Wireless Communication was born with the establishment of 9(nine) HF WT Stations on 12th March 1946 connecting the then State HQ Shillong with the district HQs of Nagaon, Darrang, Goalpara, Lakhimpur, Sivasagar and Cachar as well as Tura and Haflong
After independence, the importance of wireless communication was greatly felt and the communication network was expanded to the present status of long distance R/T Communication on VHF, High Speed Computerised Data Communication Network over HF and VHF and OPNETs

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Achievements of APRO

Communication Coverage

 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

 VHF R/T communication to all District HQs, Sub-divisional HQs, Police Stations and Out Posts

 All the 14 APBNs and 4 APTFs have been provided communication through HF and VHF network.

 Most of the traffic posts, check posts and highway patrolling posts have been covered with VHF network

 100% City VHF communication have been achieved at Guwahati under Operational Net (OPNET)

 OPNET has been extended to the District HQs in the state.

Computerised High Speed Data Communication:

 Speedy clearance of messages over HF and VHF radio links

 Installed in all the 27 Police district headquarters - 100% district coverage 

 " Installed in 14 out of 14 AP BNs - 100% AP Bn Coverage

 Installed in 4 out of 4 APTF BNs - 100% APTF Bn Coverage 

 Installed in 18 out of 31 Sub-divisions - 58.06% Sub-division coverage

Initially, messages were sent physically through D/Rs to the Message Control Centre for transmission to the addressees. Now, after installation of Data communication systems with Switching Centres, messages may be sent directly from the originator's location to the addressees without sending the messages physically to the MCC. These facilities are already installed at SB, HQ; 4th APBN; 10th APBN. This has made the communication speedier.

Repeater Links for voice & data

 49 numbers of Trunk Repeaters
 55 numbers of District Repeaters
 15 numbers of Sub-divisional Repeaters
 Total of 119 nos of Repeater stations

Placed at 53 Repeater locations

 14 on the hill-top locations at heights ranging from 200 meter to 1739 meter AMSL
 39 in plain

Repeaters in the year 1995 = 24 nos 
Repeaters in the year 2005 = 119 nos
Repeaters in the year 2008 = 129 nos

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Police Wireless Terminal Stations

Number of Police Wireless Terminal Stations in Assam has increased from 9 in 1946 to 3647 as on 01-12-2007.

Type of Commn
Media
Static
Mobile
Total
CW
HF
150
150
R/T
HF
5
5
R/T
VHF
1212
2051
3263
TP
Line
44
44
Telex
Line
3
3
Data
VHF
17
17
Data
HF
10
10
Data
HF & VHF
25
25
R/T Rptr
VHF
119
119
Data Rptr
VHF
10
10
Fax
Line
1
1
1596
2051
3647

The Police wireless stations have been increasing at the rate of 15% per year on the average.

Terminal Station in the year 1946 = 9 nos
Terminal Station in the year 1995 = 1250 nos
Terminal Station in the year 2008 = 3647 no

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Messages Handled and Savings made to State Exchequer

Year
Message handled in no of words
(in crores)
Money value of messages handled in express telegram rate
(in crores)
Annual budget of APRO
(in crores)
Savings made to state exchequer
(in crores)
2002-2003
126.60
Rs. 126.60
Rs. 34.76
Rs. 91.84
2003-2004
116.25
Rs. 116.25
Rs. 36.32
Rs. 79.93
2004-2005
113.14
Rs. 113.14
Rs. 36.72
Rs. 76.42
2005-2006
104.04
Rs. 104.01
Rs. 39.55
Rs. 64.49
2006-2007
90.23
Rs. 90.23
Rs. 43.39
Rs. 46.94
Total
550.26
Rs. 550.26
Rs. 190.74
Rs. 359.62

Message Transmission by APRO
 Messages handled by APRO per year = 90.23 crores of words 
 Messages handled by APRO per day = 24.72 lakhs of words.

Status of APRO in respect of WT station:

   - Total nos. of sanctioned station = 552 nos.
   - Total nos. of stations actually installed and operational = 1596 nos. 
   - Additional work load in respect of station maintained by APRO = 1596/552 = 2.89 times i.e. equivalent to 3 times 

As a result, an APRO person is required to shoulder the load of 3 times the normal workload in respect of station.

Status of APRO in respect of manpower:

   - Total nos. of sanctioned staff = 4031 nos.
   - Total nos. of staff required by APRO to maintain 1596 stations = 10999 nos. 
   - Additional work load in respect of manpower maintained by APRO = 10999/4031 = 2.73 times i.e. equivalent to 3 times

As a result, an APRO person is required to shoulder the load of 3 times the normal workload in respect of manpower.

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Human Resource Development: APRO Training School

Human Resource Development: APRO Training School

Established in 1948 at Shillong and took its permanent shape since 1975 at Jalukbari, Guwahati with an area of 50 acres.

It is imparting training on technical trades in the field of Police Wireless Communications, Electronics, Telecommunications, Information Technology along with Basic Drill & Discipline and Musketry

In addition to the trainees from Assam, it has been extending its training facilities to the trainees to the Govt of India (IB, Civil Defence, CISF), Govt of India Undertaking (NEEPCO), other states (Bihar, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana) and neighbouring NE states (Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh). 

Revenue earning of APRO Training School :

The APRO Training School has earned as on 05.01.2008 Rs. 28,82,068.60 as training fee from the trainees of other states and deposited to the Govt exchequer as state revenue.


Mobilisation of HAMs for Disaster Management

Amateur Radio Operators or HAMs can provide a second line of communication support in Disaster Management which is found very useful at time of natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, etc. when HAMs come to the rescue to established links with the survivors and help the administrations to take quickly and timely action during rescue and relief operations.

As a promotional activity, a 13 week Amateur Radio training programme was conducted by the APRO from 2nd August to 30th October, 2004 to train up interested HAM aspirants in the State. As a result 5(five) candidates of Assam Police have been declared successful for obtaining the GD-I and GD-II licenses as communicated by the Engineer-in-charge (ER), Wireless Monitoring Organisation Regional Headquarter (East), Kolkata.

Sl No.
Name
Address
ASOC Grade
1.
Shri Taheruddin Ahmed
APRO Training School, Jalukbari, Guwahati-13
I
2.
Shri Bhaba Kr Borah
APRO Training School, Jalukbari, Guwahati-13
II
3.
Shri Bimal Ch Phukan
APRO Training School, Jalukbari, Guwahati-13
II
4.
Shri Prasenjit Sinha
APRO Training School, Jalukbari, Guwahati-13
II
5.
Shri Deepak Kairi
1st APTF Battalion
Dakurvita, Goalpara
II

 

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NIAR-APRO Amateur Radio Centre (VU2VKP)

As a part of Disaster Management initiatives of the Assam Police, the NIAR - APRO Amateur Radio Centre (VU2VKP) was set-up by the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR), Hyberabad though the initiatives of Shri P M Dastidar, IGP(Communication) and Director of Police (Commn.) Assam and Shri S. Suri, VU2MY, Chairman & Director, NIAR, Hyderabad.


Inauguration of NIAR-APRO Amateur Radio Centre at APRO Training 
School Jalukbari by Shri R. K Arora, Group Coordinator, Department 
of Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and IT, Govt. 
of India at APRO Training School, Jalukbari, Guwahati on 18-02-2005 
in presence of Shri A K Mallick, IPS, then IGP Border and Shri P.M. 
Dastidar, IGP (Commn) and DP (C) Assam .

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Assam POLNET

Assam POLNET

Assam POLNET - the dedicated satellite based National Police Telecommunication Project which was implemented under the Modernization Scheme of Assam Police, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi on 18 July, 2005 at Assam Police Headquarters, Ulubari, Guwahati in the presence of the DGP, Assam and senior officers. The POLNET is a unique project formulated by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India with a view to modernize Police Telecommunications in the country. The POLNET provides communication link from the National Capital to the State Capital and the District Headquarters on voice, data, fax and computer communication and further extend the communication connectivity upto the Police Station on voice.
Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam made the first Satellite 
Telephone call over the Assam POLNET by speaking to the SPs of the 
district in presence of Shri P V Sumant, IPS, then DGP, Assam (left)
and Shri P M Dastidar, IGP (Commns) and DP(C), Assam (right)..

An inaugural FAX message was signed by the CM, DGP, Assam and IGP (Commns) and DP(C), Assam and transmitted over the Assam POLNET to all Districts of Assam.

Inaugurating the POLNET, the Chief Minister stated that the Assam POLNET was a landmark in the history of Assam Police, particularly the APRO and thanked the Assam Police and Bharat Electronics Limited for implementation of the Assam POLNET, which, he said would go a long way in further strengthening the communication network in the state of Assam. The Chief Minister dedicated the POLNET to the people of Assam.

The DGP stated that the Assam POLNET added another feather in the cap of Assam Police and congratulated the IGP (Commns) and DP(C) Assam and his team of dynamic officers & men of APRO for their sincere and devoted works in proper implementation of POLNET project in Assam.

A team of senior level executives from Bharat Electronics Limited, Banglore and Ghaziabad. led by Shri V V R Sastry, Director (C&MS), attended the inaugural ceremony and gave assurance to provide all necessary support and service from BEL towards proper maintenance of the POLNET in Assam.

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