LAHORE - Several retired provincial police officers yesterday visited the central police office to witness improvement in the police working.

The officers who got retired as inspector general or additional inspector general of police over the years were invited by the department to see the working of newly-launched projects.

Former IGPs and Additional IGPs including Ahmad Naseem, Tariq Khosa, Chaudhary Yaqub, Asif Hayat, Khawaja Khalid Farooq, Tariq Pervez, Aslam Tareen and Sarmad Saeed Khan were part of the delegation.

They met with Punjab Inspector General Police Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera on Thursday. Later, the former top police officers visited different sections and departments at the CPO.

On this occasion, Punjab DIG Operations Aamir Zulfiqar Khan briefed the delegation about recently launched IT projects and other initiatives. The officer told the retired cops that technology is helping the police in many ways in its fight against criminals and militants.

Front desks have been made operational in 202 police stations of the province which is a great initiative towards changing typical “Thana culture”. Also, well-educated and IT-qualified civilian staff has been assisting the policemen in performing day to day affairs besides maintaining the official record.

Aamir Zulfiqar Khan further said the front desks would be made operational in all police stations across the Punjab by January 2017. Similarly, citizens are being facilitated through the Police Complaint Cell 8787 where at least 24463 complaints have been registered through call, SMS, and email. At least 19353 complaints have been disposed off while 6287 complaints proved to be false and some 5110 complaints are under investigation.

The delegation visited the Operations, Monitoring and Control Rooms, Police Complaint Center 8787, and Media Cell. They observed the working mechanism of criminal record management system, human resource management system, biometric system, crime mapping, entry and exit points monitoring and other projects. 

The ex-officers lauded the initiative and expressed the hope that the new projects would rapidly improve police working.

 They said that citizens were getting direct benefit of these projects and the Punjab Police are gaining public trust along with setting an example for other provincial police departments.

While briefing about steps taken to implement the National Action Plan, DIG Aamir Zulfiqar Khan said that 12963 offenders were arrested and 12119 cases were registered on violation of Loud Speaker Act. Similarly, at least 1236 offenders were arrested and 1021 cases were filed on publication and distribution of hate material. Also, the police arrested 2011 offenders and registered 2007 cases regarding hate speech and wall chalking. On the violation of tenancy act, at least 24254 offenders were arrested and 16608 cases were registered.