SOP finalised for security of media houses in RPO conference


An RPO conference was held on Monday at Central Police Office Lahore under the chairmanship of Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera to chalk out the security strategy for media houses, bridges, prisons and to review the overall crime situation in the province.

The RPOs of nine regions through video link and CCPO Lahore, Amin Wainse, Additional IGP Operations and Investigations, Arif Nawaz, Additional IGP PHP Dr Arif Mushtaq, DIG Headquarters Farooq Mazhar, DIG IT Shahid Hanif, DIG Vigilance Agha Yousaf, DIG PHP, Sulman Chaudhry, AIG Operations, Waqar Abbasi, AIG Logistics Humayun Bashir Tarar and other senior officers also attended the conference.

The conference decided to speed up the process of the arrests of proclaimed offenders across the Punjab. The decision to enhance the security of the bridges and prisons was also finalised.

In the wake of prevailing law and order situation in the country, particularly, the attacks at media houses in Faisalabad and Lahore consecutively, an SOP in this regard was also finalised in the conference.

According to the SOP, all the media houses will build at least 8-feet high wall with two- feet razor wire. A bunker at vantage points and roof top of the building should be erected and concrete barriers should also be affixed at main entrances.

Moreover, all media houses will install walk-through gates at their entry points and all visitors must be properly searched before entrance. Emergency alert system at the pattern of schools will be activated in all media houses and this system will be connected with Rescue 15, DPO concerned, SDPO, SHO and CPO Control Room.

All security guards who will be hired from any recognised security company must be deployed after getting vetted through Special Branch of Punjab Police. SP Headquarters Lahore will be the focal person whereas, in other districts, the officers of the rank of SP and DSP will be designated as focal persons and their numbers will be shared with media. In Central Police Office, Lahore, the AIG Operations has been designated as focal person for coordination with the media.

According to the SOP, all field officers will manage the audit of security arrangements of the media houses on quarterly basis, whereas, SHO rank officers will visit at least once a day, SDPO twice a week and DPO at least once a week will be responsible to visit media houses in their respective jurisdictions.

The conference also decided that the joining of the officials after transfer or promotion could only be accepted after receiving their sealed documents through courier and after their personal appearance before the SPs and DSPs concerned.

The conference also decided that the grace and respect of the police uniform will be maintained at any cost and strict action will be taken against the violators who attacked a police officer in Sialkot when he was discharging his official duties.