‘Community policing to help eradicate anti-social elements’

IGP says Khidmat Marakiz have been separated from police stations to facilitate citizens

​ Our Correspondent October 19, 2019

LAHORE: Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan has said implementing community policing rules help eradicate anti-social elements and improve public service delivery.

He expressed these views in a meeting with the Philippines Embassy Police Attaché who called on him at the Central Police Office on Friday. The IGP briefed him about the separation of Police Khidmat Markaz from police stations and provision of 14 services there.

Both commanders also shared views on issues including the war against terrorism, drugs peddlers, community policing and other topics of mutual interest.

Speaking on the occasion, the IGP said implementing community policing rules help eradicate anti-social elements and improve public service delivery. He said effective use of modern technology and forensic science, in accordance with modern policing, was the need of the hour.

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He also said the police force was ensuring the use of modern education and working modules for crime investigation, whereas the Counter-Terrorism Force (CTD) was engaged in intelligence-based operations in all the districts of the province.

In addition to this, he said that Special Protection Unit (SPU) is also protecting foreigners, investors and specialists, whereas Police Khidmat Marakiz have been separated from the police stations for the facilitation of the citizens where they were provided 14 services under one roof by using the latest integrated system.

Philippines Police Colonel Attaché Marloon admired the efforts of Punjab Police against crimes and war against terror despite limited resources and said that Punjab Police is fulfilling its duty for the protection of public lives and wealth at their best and incidents of terrorism have been decreased by the timely response.

Moreover, he said different IT-based projects of Punjab Police equipped with modern technology bear the value of international standard and appreciable whereas the installation of the modern surveillance system for monitoring purpose like Safe City Lahore in the other districts of province is commendable and professional cooperation and information sharing between the forces of two countries will be increased.

At the end of the meeting, souvenirs were exchanged between the IGP Punjab and the Philippines Police Colonel.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2019.

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