Modernization Division is responsible for-actionable development of products/ technologies for police application and ensures effective implementation/ introduction of the modern technology/gadgetry in the Police Forces. Identification of emerging technologies orientation of work on new technologies should be encouraged so that the Police Forces can be equipped with the best and are capable to resist any threat whether in the jungle, streets or in the lab. The main areas can be out lined as:
(1) Scientific research, development, trial, innovations of existing products and technologies for possible use by Police Forces.
(2) Aid and advice Police Forces in their modernization efforts by making the latest research, development, innovations, technology, products/technologies available to Police Forces.
The Division undertakes liaison with the national laboratories, other scientific organizations and institutions and public and private sector undertakings in the above fields, coordination of modernization programs and stimulating indigenous production of Police equipment and system.
The Modernization Division is expected to keep abreast with modernization in the application of science and technology to police work in India and other countries, and study new procedures and methodologies with a view to promoting the introduction of suitable equipment and techniques in police work in India to improve its operational efficiency.
Besides advising the Government of India, the Modernization Division, if required by the State Governments, also advises them on matters falling within the field of its operations.
The Modernization Division (erstwhile Development Division) was set up in 1970. The Division was augmented in 2009 with creation of additional technical posts i.e. Principal Scientific Officers, Senior Scientific Officers and Senior Scientific Assistants in the field of Explosives/Ballistics, Weapons, Uniform Accouterments, Life Sciences, Building & Design, Electronics, Traffic &Transport. The Modernization Division is headed by Director, an officer rank of the Inspector General of Police.
The Modernization Division consists of Modernization Wing headed by DIG and Technological Development Wing. The Technological Development Wing is having following sub wings:
(i) Traffic and Transport Wing.
(ii) Uniform Accouterments Wing.
(iii) Weapon Wing.
(iv) Electronics Wing.
(v) Building and Design Wing.
(vi) Life Sciences Wing.
(vii) Ballistics & Explosive Wing.
Each Wing is headed by a Principal Scientific Officer.