PESHAWAR: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ihsan Ghani on Thursday inaugurated the ‘police to victim service’ wherein police officials will visit the victims of crimes such as kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery, and family members in the event of a murder.
A police operations room has been established where people can report the crime and the staff of the relevant police station will then be directed to visit the victim immediately. The operations room can be reached at 091-9210457 or 0333-8282369.
The police will inspect the crime scene, collect evidence, register an FIR and keep the operations room updated on their progress. The operations room will inform the victims their FIR has been registered and the details of the FIR will be made available on the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police website.
The police advised the general public to avail the new facility, especially since their FIRs will be registered immediately and the police will visit the victim following the call.
The new service is part of the police reforms in K-P. Under another initiative, the police recently established 56 women complaint units in different police stations across the province. More units are being set up and additional female staff is being recruited for the purpose.
Ghani earlier said changes would also be made to police administration protocols. These include assigning special teams to pay surprise visits to police stations, implementing a modern training syllabus at the Police Training Centre in Hangu, and installing close circuit television cameras in police stations to allow officials to monitor activity with their mobile phones. Ghani also claimed ASIs and DSPs would no longer be posted in their native areas.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2013.
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