LAHORE: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arif Nawaz says measures should be taken to restore the image of the force in the eyes of the public.
He was addressing Police Darbar in Gujranwala on Wednesday.
He said officers should deal visitors at police stations professionally as it would also promote the soft image of the department.
“Observance of law and order in our line is the foremost demand of our job,” he added.
He directed the officers to take measures in completing information technology projects because its his top priority, adding a police hospital would also be set up at every regional headquarter to provide health facilities to the force.
Gujranwala Regional Police Officer Muhammad Tahir welcomed the IGP and also a report of the region.
The IGP laid a floral wreath on the martyrs’ monument in the police line and offered fateha.
He also visited the Kamoke police station and viewed the working of the front desks.
PROMOTED: As many as 3,314 low-ranking policemen have been promoted to the next rank in the last one year after a period of more than a decade.
Among the policemen who have been promoted to the next rank are 1,900 constables, 1,400 head-constables and 14 assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) and they have been promoted to the rank of head constable, ASI and sub-inspector (SI), respectively.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Administration Rana Ayyaz Saleem told Dawn he had taken special interest in promoting the policemen by holding five promotion board meetings in a year. He said 25 policemen of different ranks were retiring from service only in Lahore on a monthly basis and the department needed to fill all the vacant posts.
He said the promotion board meeting was not held in the last one decade due to incomplete annual confidential reports (ACRs) and he had directed the officers to complete the ACRs.
Mr Saleem said the department was going to start new recruitments in Lahore soon.
It’s pertinent to mention that all officers were directed to hold promotion board twice a year under the standing order of 2015.
The Punjab Police upgraded the basic pay scale (BPS) of the constables from BPS-5 to BPS-7, head-constables from BPS-7 to BPS-9 and the ASIs from BPS-9 to BPS-11.
The promotion board also re-fixed the seniority of 2,823 policemen who were demoted by the court over out-of-turn promotions.