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Compliance of Police Rules in Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Peshawar, September 16, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Superintendents of Police (SPs) now known as District Police Officers (DPOs) and Officers Incharge of Police Stations are the backbone of the police to preserve peace and tranquilly and prevent / detect crimes. The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898), the Police Rules, 1934, revolve around these officers.

In this context Police Rule 21.1 clearly lays down that the ideal to be aimed at in respect of relations with the public is that every police officer of whatever rank be, should be regarded by every law abiding person as wise and impartial friend and a protector against injury to his person and property. In proportion as this ideal is approached, the police will get information and assistance which they need, in order to combat crime successfully.

When confidence and cooperation are lacking, private persons and village officials resort to connivance and cooperation at crime and seeking redressal for their own losses through treaty with criminals. The police are isolated in their efforts to prevent and detect offences and can hope for, but a small measure of success.

Similarly, the same rules emphasize the role of the SP (now DPO) in these words “the proper relations between the police and the public in a district depend primarily upon the personal attitude of the Superintendent and the example set by him and enforced by his subordinates.

The most important duties of a Superintendent are to know the people of his district and to know what his subordinates are doing. Such knowledge can only be gained by the fullest personal accessibility, activity in touring, thorough and intelligent supervision and a sympathetic interest in the life of the district and the facts and difficulties of the work of his own men”.

Further, rule 21.5 of the Police Rules states that “A vital factor in both the detection and prevention of crime is the execution of the law in respect of absconding and harboring”. Under rule 21.11.21.13 and 21.14, the SP / DPO is under an obligation to send weekly diaries in accordance with the prescribed formats.

He is also requested to send annual report in accordance with rule 21.17. Rule 21.19 regulates public meeting, rule 21.20 deals with report on fairs and festivals, rule 21.21 is for political and criminal activities in context with law and order and similarly rule 21.22 provides guidelines for religious processions. Rule 22.1 clearly mentions the role of the officer in-charge of the police stations regarding peace in his jurisdiction.

It lays “within the limits of the police station’s jurisdiction, the sub-inspector (or inspector) is primarily responsible for the effective working, management, good conduct and discipline of the local police for the preservation of peace and prevention and detection of crime”.

Unfortunately, these instructions and guidelines are not being observed. The omission to follow the existing laws and rules have adversely affected the prevention and reduction of crimes. Those officers who are either inefficient or otherwise reluctant to act against hardened criminals and terrorists made excuse of lack of intelligence and usually blame the intelligence agencies for not providing information.

In view of the above quoted rules and observations, it is imperative that the DPOs shall regularly send weekly diaries on law and order and the officers in-charge of police stations, shall perform their primary role of prevention of crime. Apart from that, the investigation officers shall collect proper evidence against the suspects involved in target killings, planting of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), issues of kidnappings and threatening letters etc.

In view of the aforementioned circumstances, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa n the Home and Tribal Affairs Department is pleased to ask the Provincial Police Officer Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to consider this matter on top priority basis and necessary instruction in this regard may be issued to the officers concerned to follow the said rules in its true spirit, so that the desired results are achieved.

For more information, contact:
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Tel: 091 921 1789
Email: info@khyberpakhtunkhwa.gov.pk

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