LAHORE – Punjab (IGP) Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman on Wednesday ordered the officers serving in the City to come out of what he termed “cold storages” and play the role of crime fighters in the field.

The divisional SPs would be held responsible for the crime incidents in their jurisdiction, warned the Punjab police chief while presiding over an urgent high-level meeting held to review the law and order situation in Lahore at the Police Line Qila Gujjar Singh.

The meeting decided that in order to control crimes in Lahore, the police have made some changes in the crime fighting strategy. According to the new strategy, the police would set up mobile pickets, intensify armed patrolling and would continue the exercise of search operations on a permanent basis.

According to a police spokesperson, the IGP called the emergency meeting to discuss the recent wave of crime incidents in Lahore. CCPO Aslam Tareen, DIG (Operations) Rai Muhammad Tahir, DIG (Investigations) Chaudhry Shafique, SSP (Operations) Sohail Akhtar Sukhera and all divisional SPs were present on this occasion.

The provincial police chief said that mobile pickets should be set up in Lahore apart from static police pickets, so that criminals could not flee after committing a crime. The police chief also directed the officers to step up patrolling all over the City and continue the practice of search operations on permanent basis. The IGP also informed the meeting that he would regularly monitor the crime situation in Lahore.

Addressing the meeting, the police chief said that a team of best officers had been appointed in Lahore and now it was their responsibility to come up to the expectations of the masses by using all available resources and playing the role of crime fighters.

DIG (Operations) Rai Muhammad Tahir briefed the IGP about the crime situation in the past 15 days; and said that the incidents of auto-lifting, bank robberies, kidnappings for ransom and dacoities at jewellery shops had substantially decreased. He also informed that a gang of auto-lifters had been arrested from Baghbanpura and the accused were being interrogated.

The IGP lauded the SSP (Operations) for playing a key role in the reconciliation between two parties in a sensitive case reported in the Grumangat area last year. He directed the officers to share information with the media instead of concealing the facts and remain in touch with the local media since close liaison between police and the media was vital to improve the security situation.

Meanwhile, the IGP Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehmanmet a delegation of three experts of Integrated Command and Control System who arrived from the UK at the Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh. The delegation comprised Dr Amanat Hussian, Peter Pickering and Zaheer Abbas. Lahore CCPO Aslam Tareen, DIG (Operations) Rai Muhammad Tahir, DIG (Investigations) Tariq Malik, SSP (Operations) Sohail Akhtar Sukhera and SSP (Internal Accountability) Shariq Kamal were also present on the occasion besides other senior officers.

Tareen informed the IGP that the basic objective of the Integrated Command and Control System was to enhance technology-based policing and for that purpose a special centre had been set up in the Irfa Karim Technology Park on the orders of Punjab chief minister. The meeting also discussed the hurdles in the way of the project.

On this occasion, senior police officers requested the IGP to bring the names of those departments into the notice of the chief minister that were creating hurdles in the completion of the project.