Over the years, the reputation of police has deteriorated and a culture of corruption has flourished and sadly the police no longer enjoy people’s confidence. This was stated by Inspections and Inquiries Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sultan Hanif Aurakzai as he addressed the media on Sunday.
The DIG revealed that in order to resolve these problems and reform the police force, an inquiry cell has been set up at provincial level. He said under this system people are encouraged to file their complaints about the behaviour of police officials and personnel without any fear.
Aurkazai assured that the ones charged with negligence would be punished under the law, and revealed that during the month of July, the inquiry cell received 140 complaints against police officials and personnel. After a thorough probe, 31 police officials ranging SHO to constable level were penalised. Some officials were terminated from service, some suspended, while 57 were penalised with demotions along with cancellation of perks and privileges.
He further said that 35 of the complaints were dismissed as they were devoid of any proof, while some are still under inquiry. Aurkazai was of the opinion that the newly introduced system can only be strengthened with public’s support. He said it was their responsibility to file genuine complaints to improve their performance.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2011.