LAHORE – In an unusual move, a high-level ‘scrutiny committee’ has been formed in the police department to identify, investigate and punish the policemen involved in criminal activities or in patronising criminals.

The committee has begun work to search the ‘bad’ cops with three top officers of the Punjab police been assigned the task of scanning 170,000 police officers / officials.

“There is no space in the department for the policemen involved in crimes and in patronising criminals and they will be terminated from their services,” a police spokesperson quoted the Punjab inspector general of police (IGP) as telling regional police officers (RPOs) during the provincial law and order meeting held at the Central Police Office (CPO) on Wednesday.

According to an official handout, a high-level scrutiny committee, to be headed by Additional IG (Traffic) Qalb-e-Abbas, has been formed to root out corruption from the department. Additional IG (CTD) Mushtaq Sukhera and Additional IG (Special Branch) Nasir Khan Durrani are members of the committee.

This committee, which has been activated from Wednesday, will collect information about the police officers / officials serving in Punjab and those police officials / officers found involved in patronising criminals would be fired from the department.

Punjab IGP Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman presided over the meeting held to review the overall law and order situation in the province. Additional IG Malik Khuda Bukhsh Awan, RPOs and district police officers (DPOs) from all over the province, and Lahore DIG (Operations) and DIG (Investigation) were also present in the meeting.

The meeting decided that all postings and transfers would be made purely on merit and no pressure or recommendation accepted in this regard. The field officers were also directed to submit a report on the pending cases to the CPO within two days.

It was further decided that the aggressive policy against hardened criminals would continue. However, the police officers / officials who will try to implicate innocent citizens in criminal cases would be taken to task, and strict legal and department action would be taken against them.

The meeting recommended that the lists of police officers / officials who got recruited on fake degrees / certificates should be prepared while a police school established at Bedian Road for the children of police officers / officials. It was also decided that local cable television would be used to build the image of police in the eyes of public.

The IGP was informed that the vaccination campaign of policemen against Hepatitis had been completed in Gujranwala Region while it would also be soon completed in other regions of the Punjab police. The participants of the meeting expressed their satisfaction over the law and order and overall crime situation in the province. Also, the IGP will preside over a high-level meeting at Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh to review the overall law and order situation in Lahore on Friday (tomorrow).