LAHORE: The Punjab police and the University of Health Sciences have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance capabilities of investigation officers with respect to forensic science.
The MoU was signed by Inspector General of Police Punjab retired Capt Arif Nawaz Khan and UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Javed Akram in a ceremony here on Tuesday.
Addl IG Training Tariq Masood Yaseen, DIG Research & Development Abdul Qadir Qayyum, Lahore CTO retired Capt Liaqat Ali Malik and other senior police officers were present at this occasion.
Addressing the ceremony, the IGP said the training of police officials in accordance with the modern and professional parameters is the need of time which is being ensured with upgradation of training system and extending cooperation and liaison with other prominent institutions to help them solve issues with their professional skills.
He said with the help of MoU, the investigation officers will not only collect evidences from the crime scene but also they will be trained to archive these evidences. He said these evidences will be helpful for better examination of witnesses and their effective use in the investigation by which police officers will be able to serve more efficiently.
The IGP said the MoU is beginning of a long-term partnership and under this new initiative the instructors of the UHS will deliver lectures of forensic science to officials in training schools and colleges whereas medical experts of the university will participate in traffic police awareness camps and apprise the citizens about the medicines which should not be taken while driving so that the citizens may avoid such medicines before driving.
He added teams of the UHS would conduct blood screening of police personnel in all districts of Punjab and also undertake research regarding provision of facilities in accordance with healthy and hygienic atmosphere given to police officials in police lines.
Moreover, a four-member joint committee will monitor and start all initiatives with respect to bilateral cooperation.
These members of joint committee will consist of two members from each organisation selected by their chiefs, the IGP said.
He said traffic police officers would deliver lectures about traffic rules awareness to students of medical colleges under the administration of the UHS.
Similarly, the UHS will conduct B.S, M Phil and PhD programmes for officers of Punjab police in institutions which come under administration of the university in which major focus will be on human resource development and improvement in service delivery in connection with research goals.
Addressing on the occasion, Prof Javed Akram acknowledged the MoU a welcoming step saying that the university is launching a pilot project with traffic police Lahore under which traffic police Punjab will be trained in use of life kits and its practical training with the help of the UHS.
In the end, honorary souvenirs were exchanged between IG Punjab and UHS vice chancellor Prof Javed Akram.