KARACHI: The Sindh government approved on Wednesday new uniforms for the provincial police departments on the recommendations of Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Kaleem Imam.
In a statement on Wednesday, Dr Imam said that the primary reason behind changing the uniforms was to enhance the policing process and to bring it up to international standards. “It will surely have fruitful results in exhibiting perception of improved policing among citizens,” said the IGP adding that the citizens will welcome and appreciate this change.
Sindh Operations DIG Maqsood Ahmed briefed that the new uniform was designed in accordance with latest international standards.
Ahmed said that Sindh police would be the sole provider of the new police uniforms to ensure the quality of fabric, colour and stitching, and local suppliers and vendors will not be allowed to display the new uniform in their outlets.
According to a report, the uniform will initially be introduced in five units of Sindh police, including Traffic Police, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Anti-riots Reserve Platoons, Sindh Forensic Division and the Central Police Office. Four uniforms for each personnel per annum will be recommended in the next financial year. Police uniforms displayed at the Central Police Office for the traffic police officers include a white shirt, navy blue pants and a navy blue police cap, while the uniform of traffic police personnel consists of a half-sleeved white T-shirt, navy blue pants and a navy blue police cap.
Similarly the uniforms of officers of the Central Police Office and other police units will consist of a dark blue shirt, navy blue pants and a navy blue police cap. The uniform of constables and head constables will include a dark blue half-sleeved shirt, navy blue pants and a navy blue police cap. Besides, the belt width has also been reduced to two inches.
It will increase the morale of police officials as they will have the same quality of uniforms in all ranks.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th, 2019.