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Punjab Police Chief Arif Nawaz Issues His Policy Statement For Policing

Also presides over meeting about police reforms

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LAHORE– Captain (retired) Arif Nawaz Khan, the Inspector General of Punjab Police, announced his policy statement to run affairs of police across the province on Thursday.

He said challenges had grown and so had public expectations. Police were therefore determined to work together and provide excellent service to the citizens of Punjab.

“I also want to pay rich tributes to the martyrs of Punjab Police for their supreme sacrifices beyond the call of duty. Here, I also want to acknowledge the contributions of all former Inspector Generals in improving the organization and working of Punjab Police.”

“All initiatives and contributions in this regard, especially the IT initiatives will be further improved,” Khan stated in his policy.”

The IG said he was aware of the fact that Punjab Police has always tried to serve the citizens with professionalism and commitment.

“However we have to understand that public expectations from the department now present a tall order and we can improve our image only by performing people friendly policing, upholding rule of law, hard work, professionalism, and adherence to merit.”

The IG Punjab said that we have to focus on our capacity building by improving the standards of training and introducing new specialized schools.

The common complaints of police attitude and non-registration of cases should end now. We also have to ensure evidence-based transparent investigations, with just and equal application of the law.

In his policy statement, Mr Khan further added that we must protect the rights of women, minorities, and the underprivileged of the society.

In order to win public trust, we have to change our attitude and remain completely apolitical, courteous and impartial, while constantly improving the standards of service delivery.

Moreover, he said:  “I am a strict believer of pro-active policing and look forward to creating an atmosphere and feeling of complete safety in the whole province by ensuring responsive patrolling, effective crime control and arrest of proclaimed offenders while maintaining close liaison with other LEAs.”

He further said police would launch a comprehensive community participatory initiative in Punjab Police to involve and seek community participation for maintaining law and order, controlling crime and combating terrorism.

Alternate mechanisms to dispute resolution shall also be part of this new initiative. The service of Emergency-15 System and IGP Complaint Center 8787 will be further improved and modernized to fulfil the public expectations.

The ambit of Police Khidmat Markaz, which was started in my previous tenure, will be extended to Tehsil level.

IGP said that improving the overall working conditions and environment, especially of Police Stations will be my area of special focus.

Strict and across the board accountability, transparency in financial management and zero tolerance to corrupt practices and highhandedness within the organization will remain my priorities.

At the same time, I am also aware that there exists a communication gap between the senior officers and junior ranks.

All such internal department challenges shall be overcome through inclusive decision-making and honouring the dignity of every member of Punjab Police.

The IG said he would assure his Constabulary and officers that they will be never condemned unheard in my command, due process will be observed in all circumstances.

“We will reward and honour our best performers while regular and merit-based promotions and recruitment will be followed vigorously. The welfare of the force and that of the families of Shuhada will always remain the cornerstone of my administration and will be given supreme importance.”

Khan said he was very hopeful that police would be able to win the trust of masses and change the image of Punjab Police by our improved service delivery, by respecting their dignity and honour, and by maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

IGP holds meeting regarding police reforms

IGP Arif Nawaz presided an important meeting regarding police reforms at the Central Police Office.

Addl IG Operations Punjab Inam Ghani, Addl IG Training Tariq Masood Yasin, Addl IG Welfare & Finance Rao Sardar Ali Khan, DIG IT Zulfiqar Hameed, DIG D & I Ahsan Younas, DIG Investigation Punjab Jawad Dogar and other senior officers attended the meeting.

It was decided in meeting to fully cooperate with committees constituted by the federal and provincial government for police reforms.

The IG Punjab assigned senior officers to compile and submit their suggestions so that these could be forwarded to the government.— PRESS RELEASE