LAHORE - Lahore DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf yesterday said that the annual budget of each police station is being calculated and the estimates would be sent to the provincial government.

Talking to reporters at his office, the DIG said that the budget proposals included renovation of police stations, furniture, stationery, IT rooms, police welfare, fuel, and all other expenditures. The officer said that photo copy machines would be provided to each police station during the next fiscal year in order to facilitate the visitors and the staff.

Responding to a question, the DIG said that the station house officers are already directed to submit their proposals to the headquarters regarding their monthly expenditures.

Haider Ashraf also said that the police department was finalizing homework to select and appoint young officers as station house officers in Lahore.

Early this week, the Lahore police launched “leadership development programme” for young officers in order to develop potential leaders to lead the police stations in future.

The DIG said that the basic purpose of this on-job-training is to groom young officers who have to run police stations in the future. “We have started working on the leadership development programme. We are training potential station house officers (under this plan),” Ashraf said. “The tailored contents (of the training programme) include public dealing, crime fighting strategies, moral standards, IT skills, record keeping, public order, and security paradigm.”

Many trainee-sub-inspectors and trainee-assistant sub inspectors are included in this two-week training programme. On this occasion, the DIG said that the young officers were being trained to provide pleasant atmosphere to the visitors at the police stations. Similarly, the young officers would be given important positions to provide justice to the needy people and to fight the criminals in more professional manners.