Islamabad - A training workshop on “Strategic Communication” aimed at building capacity of police officers in engaging with journalists during crisis situations concluded at National Police Academy.

The two-day workshop was arranged by Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National History. The training module included interactive discussions and mock exercises to replicate the real time situation .

The trainers focused upon inculcating communication techniques among the participants to help them in building the bridge among the law enforcement agencies and the media . They emphasised upon the fact that dissemination of credible information was helpful in reducing speculations as well as panic among the people.

The trainers highlighted that better understanding and professional engagement with the media was essential to minimise negative impact of any crisis .

Assistant Superintendent of Police Slaeem Shah said that it was the best part of their training to interact with media and they had learnt a lot from it, which, he said, would be helpful for them in their professional life. He said that they were briefed about media and how to liaison with them during normal and crisis situations. He urged the quarters concerned to arrange such activities more during their training because these helped in their capacity building.

The NPA Deputy Commandant Dr Suleman Sultan Rana appreciated efforts of information ministry in arranging the training workshop which he said would help in enhancing communication skills of the police officers. He said that such trainings could also prove beneficial in bridging the gap and developing understanding of the functioning of the media during crisis .

Pakistan Peace Collective CEO Shabbir Anwer said that media was essential for building public’s trust and confidence in the law enforcement agencies. He said that there was the need for developing an innovative approach to engage media , based on mutual cooperation, trust, and confidence. Later, he distributed certificates among the participants at the conclusion of the workshop.