The recently inaugurated Safe City Project at Lahore envisions safe, peaceful and prosperous cities of the province. The proclaimed benefits that this project holds include improved service delivery, traffic management, monitoring of law and order, electronic evidence collection, crime reduction, secure communication, and accountability. The purpose that the provincial government wants to improve law enforcement capacity of Punjab Police via incorporation of latest technology and to develop a new approach to counter-terrorism.

As per the claims of the provincial authorities, 8000 CCTV cameras that are installed in the city of Lahore will help in making the provincial capital as one of the safest cities in the world. Whether such tall claims will translate into reality or not, time will tell. However, the project is an appreciable step in the sense that under a unified Command and Control system automatic system of identification of vehicles number plates, e-challan, traffic signals monitoring has been put in place together. The unification of all these things will help Punjab Police and will lessen the work burden.

The government of Punjab claims that Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA), established under the Punjab Safe Cities Ordinance 2015, will ensure establishment, development and maintenance of an integrated command, control and communication system (PPIC3) for Police in major cities of the province for public safety. The Safe City is a concept for returning security and quality of life to today’s complex cities through the use of technology, infrastructure, personnel, and processes.

Given the emphasis of the provincial government on the said project’s benefits for securing law and order situation, the project should help the law enforcement agencies and police department in bringing down the crime rate in the city. If the project fails to achieve the desired results, then the provincial government’s objective to extend it to other cities of the province will be nothing but a waste of energies, resources and time of the masses.