LAHORE – The female cops being currently trained by the Gender Response Police (GPR) would be deputed at 100 Model Police Stations (MPSs) across the province by the end of this year.

The female staff has been deployed at about half of these police stations with special directions to politely deal with the victims besides focusing on gender issues. According to details, the GRP raised the issue with the provincial police chief asking him to get trained the entire staff of MPSs on gender issues and deploy women cops in these police stations giving them an active role. Subsequently, the Punjab inspector okyed the them and assured of full support.

The GPR spokesman said the batch comprising 45 women and men police officers of the MPSs from the province had been certified in a five days training programme. The training session focused on equipping the police officers with the national and international commitments Pakistan is signatory of as well as making participants understand the constitution and women friendly laws and legislations.

The training was also equipped police officers in managing stress, improve communication skills, know and understand gender concerns, forms of violence against women and combating those, dealing with women victims and investigating crimes against women.

Commandant Police College Lahore distributed the certificates among the officers, and said it was a high time that we being the police officers should know our responsibilities and fulfill them with utmost sincerity and commitment.

He also emphasised on the role of women police officers in police which would not only equip police to have a gender balance but also help in combating the crime and violence against women as well. The trainee officers appreciated the efforts.