RPOs moot devises new strategy to fight crime

Jan 18, 2019

LAHORE: A marathon police conference at the Central Police Office here on Thursday took `many important’ decisions in a bid to provide timely relief to the public.

Chaired by Inspector General of Punjab Police Amjad Javed Saleemi, the conference was attended by, among others, all the regional police officers (RPOs), according to an official handout.

It devised a new strategy to arrest proclaimed offenders, court absconders, car and motorcycles lifters and drug peddlers. It also decided the police pickets at all borders of the province would be made functional in order to stop transportation of lifted cars and motorcycles to other provinces.

The implementation of already evolved operational strategy by the IGP, particularly for Lahore police, was also reviewed for elimination of crime.

Lahore Capital City Police Officer BA Nasir told the IGP the police stations of the provincial capital had been divided into three categories according to crime graph.

He added that 150 special operation teams had been constituted besides redeployment of Police Response Units and the Dolphin Squads.

“There has been 27pc decline in theft and 20pc in motorcycle lifting incidents in the provincial capital. In addition to it, there has been 43pc decline in road robberies in last two months,” the CCPO said.

The conference also decided that police force would only be deployed for fighting crime. Consequently, the police personnel who had been deputed with retired officers and other unauthorised persons were being withdrawn immediately.

The conference was told that during last two weeks, 236 agitations were reported across province, including 154 protests, 18 rallies, 20 incidents of roads blocking, 15 sit-ins and 29 strikes. The personnel, being withdrawn, will be deputed to manage such protests only.

The conference discussed the progress of the Counter Terrorism Department in detail.

Additional IG CTD Muhammad Tahir Rai while briefing in this regard said that 5,964 sites on social media had been detected and among them 4,385 had been blocked so far to stop extremist activities.

The conference discussed the process of establishing the Alternate Dispute Resolution Committees for resolution of public issues.

(Daily Dawn)