Lahore, October 17, 2012 (PPI-OT): In order to control crimes in Lahore, the police by making some improvements in the crime fighting strategy have decided to set up Mobile Pickets, intensify armed patrolling, and to continue search operations on permanent basis.
The decision to this effect was taken during hurriedly called high-level meeting held to review the law and order situation in Lahore at Police Line Qila Gujjar Singh today. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman presided over the meeting to discuss recent wave of crimes incidents in Lahore. CCPO Aslam Tareen, DIG (Operations) Rai Muhammad Tahir, DIG (Investigations) Chaudhry Shafique and SSP (Operations) Sohail Akhtar Sukhera and all divisional SPs were also present on this occasion.
The provincial police chief said that Mobile pickets should be set up in Lahore apart from static police pickets so that the criminals could not be give a chance to flee after committing any crime. The police chief also directed the officers to step up patrolling all over the City and continue the practice of search operations on permanent basis. The IGP also informed the meeting that he would personally monitor the crimes situation in Lahore regularly.
Addressing the meeting, the police chief said that a team of best officers has been appointed in Lahore and now it is their responsibility to come up to expectations of the masses by utilizing all available resources and by playing the role of crime fighters.
The IGP warned that the officers should come out of Cold Storage to provide protection to the lives and properties of the citizens. The concerned SP will be held responsible for the crime incident which will take place in his jurisdiction, IGP added.
DIG (Operations) Rai Muhammad Tahir during the meeting briefed the IGP about the crimes situation of the last 15 days and said that the incidents of auto-lifting, bank robberies, kidnappings for ransom and dacoities at jewelry shops have decreased substantially. He also informed that a gang of auto-lifters has been arrested from Baghbanpura and the accused are being interrogated. The IGP appreciated SSP (Operations) for playing key role in reconciliation between two parties in a sensitive case reported in Grumangat area last year.
The IGP directed the officers to share information with the media instead of concealing the facts and remain in touch with the local media as the close liaison between police and media is vital to improve the security situation.
Meanwhile, the IGP met a delegation of three experts of Command and Control System who arrived from UK at Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh.
Dr Amanat Hussian, Mr Peter Pickering, and Zaheer Abbas were the members of the delegation. Lahore CCPO Aslam Tareen, DIG (Operations) Rai Muhammad Tahir, DIG (Investigations) Punjab Tariq Malik, SSP (Operations) Sohail Akhtar Sukhera and SSP (Internal Accountability) Shariq Kamal were also present on this occasion besides other senior officers.
CCPO Aslam Tareen informed the IGP that the basic objective of the Integrated Command and Control System is to enhance technology-based policing and for that purpose a special center has been set up in the Irfa Karim Technology Park on the orders of the Chief Minister.
The meeting also discussed the hurdles in the way of the project. On this occasion, senior police officers requested the IGP to bring the names of the departments into the notice of the Chief Minister, which are creating hurdles in the completion of the project so that it could be completed at the earliest.
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