The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police has planned to introduce a new system where officials themselves will visit victims in cases of major crimes.
Residents would be able to report cases of murders and kidnapping via phone or SMS, after which police officers will visit the crime scene.
Inspector General Police (IGP) Ihsan Ghani spoke to the media about the new developments at Malik Saad Police Lines on Thursday evening. He said close circuit cameras will be installed in police stations. “This will allow district police officers to keep a check on the stations via their mobile phones.”
“Special teams have been organised to make surprise visits at police stations,” informed Ghani. “They will present their reports to the IGP directly and this will help improve the culture at police stations.”
We have also decided to completely revise the syllabus at the Police Training Center in Hangu in order to bring it at par with modern policing methods, he added.
Ghani maintained a strict shift system will be introduced for constables so officials do not work more than eight hours a day. This will change the entire attitude of policemen, he said.
“We have also decided no DSP or inspector will be deployed in his native district,” added the IGP. “ASIs will be deployed outside their tehsil, while constables and head constables will also be deployed outside their native police stations.”
Shoulder promotions have already been eliminated as per the directives of the Supreme Court.
Ghani said operation police will visit the crime site after an incident is reported, adding there was no need to go to police stations to register an FIR in major crimes. The IGP said this was just one of the steps aimed at changing the face, impression and perception of the K-P police.
The IGP also said an online complaint cell was being established which would allow people to register their grievances against police personnel. “We are also reorganising the operation police to make them more effective,” he said, adding the online FIR system had received positive feedback by residents and the media.
Ghani said in K-P the recruitment of women in the police force is far below the sanctioned quota. “We are now trying our level best to recruit more women who will be deployed in the police stations’ women complaints units.”
“We are also working to create better working spaces for women constables,” he said. This included separate desks and washrooms.
On the horizon
With respect to traffic problems in the city, the IGP said an FM radio station will be launched in order to inform pedestrians and drivers about the traffic situation across the province.
He said the police had an outdated intelligence system which was ineffective for several reasons, adding this too, will be worked upon. Ghani also pointed out other initiatives like the elimination of unnecessary checkpoints and warned strict action would be taken against policemen found guilty of corruption.
The IGP said in the past, operational expenditures of police stations like sufficient fuel for vehicles and stationary were ignored completely. “Now we have decided to meet all the police stations’ running expenditures,” he asserted.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2013.