Peshawar-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KPCTA) Director General Abid Khan, while speaking at a function at the Peshawar Sports Complex   said that the Tourism Police are playing a pivotal role in the provision of facilities to the tourists and promptly resolving their issues in case of emergencies at the scenic spots of the province.

Commandant Tourism Police Gul Said Afridi, Deputy Commandant Shaukat Ali, General Manager Planning and Marketing Hayat Ali Shah, Assistant Director Tourism Police Muhammad Yasir, Tourism Police constables and others were also present.

On this occasion, uniforms, kits, and other necessary items were distributed among the constables of the Tourism Police, who would   undergo three-month training at the Police Training Centre, Swat from September 20. The KPCTA DG said that Tourism Police had exceptionally performed well beyond our expectations, which will boost tourism in the province.

Commandant Gul Said Afridi said that tourism cops had set a good example of devotion and dedication to their duty in the short period and the tourists and general public had always appreciated their performance. He said that training was a must for the tourism cops to better handle the situation in case of emergencies at tourist spots. He said that cops would be imparted skills in conducting an investigation, controlling crowds, wash and war, telecommunication, hospitality and tourism.

The official said that the KPCTA would bear the expense of three-month training and catering facilities for the cops so that they could not be overburdened during this period. He said that the Tourism Police would be deployed to the respective tourist spots for duty upon completion of training.

Later, DG Abid Khan and Commandant Gul Said Afridi decorated insignia and badges on the shoulders of Deputy Commandant Shaukat Ali upon his promotion.