LAHORE - The SHOs have been made powerful once again by bringing the investigation wing of the police stations under their command. This was decided in conference of Regional Police Officers of Punjab presided over by the Punjab Inspector General Shaukat Javed on Saturday. Additional IG Punjab Israr Ahmad, Additional IG Investigation Salah-ud-Din Niazi, Additional IG T&T Muhammad Waseem, Additional IG PC Tallat Mehmood, Addl IG CID Malik Muhammad Iqbal and Addl IG R&D Irshad Saeed were also present on this occasion. Many other important decisions were also taken in the meeting to improve the performance of the Punjab police. It is pertinent to mention here that the issue of returning powers to the SHOs had remained under discussions in the past. Earlier, under the Police Order 2002, the SHOs were looking after the affairs of the operations police only while the investigation wing of the police was working under the command of an Inspector level police officer in the police stations. The higher police officers discussed in detail the vigilence system of the police and ultimately decided to increase the powers of the SHO in best interest of the citizens as well as to improve the functioning of the police. Talking to The Nation a senior police officer who also participated in the meeting said that the change in the police station level was the need of the hour and decision to return powers to the SHO was taken in order to improve the performance of the police. The posting of two police officers in a police station in the same ranks was creating a lot of troubles not only within the police station but also causing problems to the citizens visiting there to resolve their problems, he further said. "The decision to bring investigation and operation wings under the command of a police officer, (SHO) will help in improving the better working conditions for the policemen," he said. Addressing the conference, Inspector General of Police Punjab Shaukat Javed said that it has been decided to bring about fundamental changes in the system of investigation in Punjab Police. Investigation staff of Police Station will report to SHO and SDPO of the concerned Police Station, whereas SP/Investigation will be responsible for investigating the cases of heinous crime. Police force will be deputed at the Union Council level in order to provide immediate relief to the masses. IG Punjab said that a list of ill-reputed Police Officials has been finalised in accordance with the directives of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. He said that disciplinary proceedings will be initiated against these Police officials. He said that it is a matter of great satisfaction that campaign launched to arrest the target offenders and heinous criminals is continuing successfully as number of criminals has been arrested. He said that reconciliation committees have been constituted in Gujranwala and Rawalpindi region which proved a milestone in rendering speedy justice to the people. He said that it has been decided to setup reconciliation committees throughout the Punjab. As it would have deep impact in reducing the burden on courts of law and reduction in crime. He said that comprehensive strategy has been formulated to pursue the cases against criminal in the courts of law. He urged the Regional Police Officers to make the campaign against Proclaimed offenders more effective and it is obligatory on the part of Police officials to demonstrate their professional competence for the provision of justice to the masses.