The crime rate in the province has come down considerably due to improved surveillance and aggressive policing, Inspector General of Punjab Police Haji Habibur Rehman said on Tuesday.
He was speaking to the media during his visit to Faisalabad.
The IGP said there was a decline in the number of complaints received by the police this year, compared to the same period in the previous year.
He said there had been 153 shootouts between the police and criminals, including proclaimed offenders who carried bounties of hundreds of thousands of rupees, in the first half of the year.
He said the families of the policeman who lost their lives in these encounters had each been given a compensation of Rs3 million.
He said two children from each of these families would get jobs in the Police Department on completing their education.
The IGP said police in all districts had been directed to compile lists of criminals who were still at large and to start raids to track them down.
He said district police officers had been directed to set up websites carrying information on police stations and start online registration of complaints.
He said 100 more model stations would be established in the province this year.
The IGP said his office was open for anyone to register a complaint from 9am to 4pm.
He said out of the 750 stations in the province nearly 350 lacked adequate facilities. He said the provincial government had been requested to provide funds for renovation of these stations.
The IGP said accountability cells would soon be set up at the district level where anyone could submit their complaints against the police. He said 375 officers, known for their integrity, had been selected to head these cells.
The IGP said the government had also been requested to improve its policy on possession of arms by citizens. He said people should not be allowed to keep dozens of Kalashnikovs and other weapons.
He said a list of all religious institutes in the province would soon be compiled to improve surveillance of their activities. He said he had recently visited some seminaries in Bahawalpur, Gujranwala and Faisalabad for the purpose.
He said the government had been requested to approve recruitment of 10,000 more people in the police to improve law and order. Of these, he said, 2,000 will be hired for Faisalabad region.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2012.