Japanese Company Donates Computer for Crime Data Base

Phnom Penh’s police force received a welcome boost in the fight against city crime Thursday with the official pledging of $150,000 worth of computer equipment and software by a Japanese computer firm.

The computer equipment will be used to set up a central criminal record data base at Municipal Police Headquarters, Phnom Penh Governor Chea Sophara said at the signing ceremony with the Japan Cambodia Cultural and Technology Exchange—an organization set up by Katsuhiko Yamauchi, president of Digital Valley Japan Co, Ltd.

When the computer system is operational in late 2001, police will be able to contact Municipal Police headquarters and quickly receive information regarding known criminals and suspects, Chea Sophara said.

Work will begin immediately on the software for the sophisticated database.

It will use the Khmer alphabet and contain detailed information on crime suspects—including their photographs, Katsuhiko Yamauchi said.

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