LAHORE - Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khan Baig has said that there is a dire need to equip the police with latest technology since the criminals are changing their modus operandi in the present era.
A comprehensive strategy is being finalized to provide training to the police officers and officials on modern lines in order to enable them to deal with the cyber crimes and professional criminals as well.
Khan Baig stated this while addressing Police Darbar at the Sheikhupura Police Lines on Wednesday. RPO Sheikhupura Abu Bakar Khuda Bakhsh, DPO Sheikhupura Hamayun Bashir Tarar, DPO Nankana Sahib Muntazir Mehdi, DPO Kasur Muhammad Saleem, and SP Special Branch Sheikhupura Region Najib Akram Maan, were also present on this occasion besides many other police officers ad officials.
The provincial police officer said that as the world has become a global village because of the media expansion, the criminals are also adopting similar tactics by using modern methods. The IGP further said that the concept of policing had been changed and the police would have to tackle serious challenges including terrorism and sectarianism simultaneously. The expansion of housing societies in the big cities, growing population, and social unrest has multiplied the responsibilities of the police, the IGP added. Therefore, the police should get ready for 24 hours to cope with any serious and emergent situation at any time and at any place.
Khan Baig also urged the police officers to help the department change the general perception about the police since many officers and officials laid down their lives while fighting against terrorism and criminals. The IGP said that the police would have to prove that those who put their lives at risk to maintain peace in the society should never be labeled as dishonest and inefficient. The IGP also directed the officers to help resolve the genuine grievances of the public at police station level.
The provincial police officer also listened to the problems being faced by policemen and issued on the spot orders of the redressal of their grievances. The IGP also announced the restoration of weekly day-off in the Sheikhupura region. The IGP also awarded Rs100000 to a policeman from the police welfare fund for his medical treatment. Khan Baig also reduced the judicial duty period for the policemen from six months to four months. The provincial police chief also gave cheques of three million rupees, from the Punjab government and the police welfare fund, for the family of a martyred police official, Laiqat Watto, who died while fighting against the criminals. On this occasion, Khan Baig also distributed cash prizes worth Rs 245,000 among the officers and officials for showing tremendous performance.