KARACHI - Officials from the US Consulate General in Karachi and from the US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) formally handed over 48 new pickup trucks to the Sindh Police on Thursday.
Sindh Police will use these trucks in Karachi and across Interior Sindh to increase police presence in critical areas.
Addressing the ceremony, Acting US Consul General Anu Prattipati said, “We are happy to continue our cooperation with the Sindh Police to address the law and order challenges they are facing. These new trucks are only a small piece of more than US$20 million worth of equipment, training, and infrastructure support that the American people have provided to the Sindh Police since 2011 in an effort to reduce crime in Karachi and throughout Sindh.”
The INL Country Director, John Hennessey Niland and Sindh Police Inspector General Shahid Nadeem Baloch were also present on the occasion.
Since 2011, INL’s Police Assistance Programme has initiated worth US$29 million projects. These projects include armored personnel carriers, vehicles specialised forensic equipment, bulletproof jackets and helmets, and vehicle GPS trackers. The INL is also assisting the Sindh Police in the areas of curriculum development for recruiting and in-service training to enhance the capacity and professionalism of police officers.
In addition, the INL is reconstructing a Criminal Investigation Department building damaged in a suicide attack in 2010 and renovating three women-staffed police stations in Karachi.