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IG Punjab Presides Meeting Of Safe Cities Authority Lahore, Discusses Its Extended Scope

Arif Nawaz Khan says a letter should be sent to LDA regarding not to issue NOC to housing societies without installation of cameras and surveillance system

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LAHORE– Inspector General of Punjab Police Captain (retired) Arif Nawaz Khan Tuesday said the Safe Cities is a state of the art project for smart and community policing and benefiting from its full potential the Lahore police should make actions against the criminal elements more effective.

Police should devise an effective plan with mutual coordination for traffic management on roads, he added.

The IGP further said that letter should be sent to LDA asking them not to issue NOC to new housing societies unless installation of surveillance system and cameras.

He further said that videos, pictures and other recordings from the network of safe city cameras should be used as important evidence in the case investigations.

Khan also directed that there should be no delay in provision of videos required to investigation officers and police and safe city officers should further improve their coordination.

He further said that unnecessary traffic congestion at roads is an important issue so to resolve this issue on long term basis the Chief Traffic Officer Lahore in coordination with Safe Cities Authority officers should devise a traffic management plan giving preference to the public convenience and facility.

He further said that ensuring monitoring of patrolling forces through Safe Cities Cameras and stern and swift action should be taken against the irresponsible and negligent officials.

Arif Nawaz Khan expressed those views while heading a high level meeting at Safe Cities head office, Qurban Lines, Lahore.

During meeting one year progress of Safe City and results of coordination between safe city and Lahore police for traffic management and crime control was also reviewed.

During meeting CCPO Lahore, DIG Operations, DIG Investigation and CTO Lahore briefed IGP about the working with Safe City, due to the latest system of monitoring and surveillance and due to the timely action of the Safe City and Police a sharp decrease in street crime is recorded, was further shared in the briefing.

DIG Operations Lahore Ashfaq Ahmad Khan briefed IG Punjab that during last 6 months PERU and DOLPHIN force apprehended 351 dacoits and street criminals of 130 gangs involved in street crimes.

DIG Investigation Inam Waheed told IG Punjab that help from Safe City in 263 cases was requested and out of these so far 252 cases has been worked out which is a great success.

During meeting Chief Operating Officer Safe City DIG Akbar Nasir Khan told IG Punjab that installation of cameras on 6 more entry and exit points of Lahore will be completed soon which will further improve the monitoring process.

IG Punjab also directed that Investigation Officers should benefit more from the facility of Safe City Authority and to apprehend the Motorcycle gangs involved in crime so that by a quick response plans of anti social elements can be thwarted.

During meeting, CCPO Lahore BA Nasir, MD Safe City Authority, Addl IG Ali Aamir Malik, Chief Operating Officer Safe City DIG Akbar Nasir Khan, DIG Operations Lahore Ashfaq Ahmad Khan, DIG Investigation Inam Waheed, CTO Lahore Captain (R) Liaqat Ali Malik along with all SSPs and SPs of Lahore police were present.— PRESS HANDOUT