MULTAN: In a bid to to bring reforms in police culture and counter increasing incidents of crime in South Punjab, the Multan police have recently launched a radio channel ‘FM 88.6’. In this regard, an inauguration ceremony took place in police auditorium at Police Lines.
City Police Officer Ahsan Younas, Multan CTO Sharif Jatt, police officers, journalists and academicians were present at the inaugural ceremony.
Officials told The Express Tribune initially the police department recruited 12 members in the radio team. However, the number of persons would increase with the passage of time.
They added the duration of transmission would be 17 hours a day with 60% content related to information while 40% related to entertainment would be aired. Thus, it would be a combination of infotainment, they said.
While speaking to The Express tribune, CPO Ahsan Younas said, “The radio service was launched after the hard work and dedication of one year.” He added, “The idea was suggested in May 2016 and it was materialised in May 2017.” He said the objective of the radio service was to eliminate regional crimes, to make the police culture better and to give relief to the people.
He praised the efforts of Regional Police Officer Sultan Azam Taimoori and said, “In the past, there was no concept of police radio and Taimoori has done a great work for the improvement of traffic system in Multan.”
The CPO maintained FM 88.6 would bring awareness regarding traffic system among the public. He said the people would be able to get information about the alternative routes and traffic jams, crowd, or construction work in the city. “Through this will help improve traffic system, the citizens will be facilitated to a great extent and they do not have to wait in long queues,” he pointed out.
Ahsan Younas said the FM radio 88.6 will also facilitate people in communicating with the police. “The increased interaction between the police and citizens will help in controlling the crimes.”
He said more than 6 million people will enjoy the services of FM 88.6. The programmes will be broadcast in national and regional languages including urdu, English, Seraiki, Punjabi etc.
“We will try to give all information related to ongoing crimes in the city through FM 88.6 so that people can assist us in the open war against crime,” he said.