LAHORE - Punjab inspector general police Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera yesterday ordered his department to ensure four-layer security at all police colleges and training centres in the province. The field police officers were also directed to conduct combing operations around such facilities on regular basis.

The move comes weeks after the deadliest terror attack on the police academy in Quetta. At least 61 cadets died and over 100 others wounded in the gun and bomb attack which lasted for hours.

The provincial police officer issued these directions while chairing a meeting at the central police office yesterday. The meeting reviewed security arrangements for police training colleges and centres across the province, a police spokesman said.

Punjab additional-IG (Training) Capt. (Retired) Usman Khatak, additional-IG (Operations and Investigation) Capt. (Retired) Arif Nawaz, DIG (Operations) Aamir Zulfiqar Khan, AIG (Operations) Waqar Abbasi and commandants and principals of all police training colleges and centres were also present in the meeting. The Lahore, RPO Sargodha, Multan, Rawalpindi and Sheikhupura attended the meeting via video link.

IGP Sukhera also directed the officers to intensify armed patrolling inside and outside the police training centres. He said that the concerned regional and district police officers should pay surprise visits to check the security of training centres in their respective areas twice in a week. The policemen deployed around such facilities must be given proper briefings about security SOP.

The police chief further said that monitoring and control rooms of all training centres should be activated and commandant or principal of training centres should check security arrangements inside and outside the training center by making at least three visits in a week in different times at night.

While directing police officers about improvement in security of the police training institutes IGP said that the personnel deputed for security of police training institutes should be fit, active and of not more than 30 years of age.  Duty hours should not be more than nine hours and it should be rescheduled as three hours duty and three hours rest break.

Similarly, bullet proof jackets and helmets should be provided on priority and security officials and snipers should be deployed on rooftop of barracks and lecture halls of training institutes. Regular firing practice of police officials deployed on security duty should be ensured. Importance should be given to bunkers and vantage points and deployment of LMG armed snipers in these bunkers and vantage points should be ensured. Automatic weapons and binoculars should be provided to security officials deployed at O.P check posts.

The IGP said that security sweep in areas located behind and adjacent to the police training colleges and centres should be given significant importance and patrolling and security duty in these areas should be beefed-up. He further said that panic buttons and siren horns should also be made operational in all police training colleges and centres so that the whole center could be informed in case of any emergency.