US donates protective equipment to prison department

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KARACHI: The United States (US) government donated protective equipment worth $200,000 to the Sindh Prisons Department (SPD) on Wednesday.  The state-of-the-art, light-weight helmets and vests, provided by the US State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau (INL), will help protect 250 prison officers as they secure prisons across Sindh.

Corrections staff, especially those on the perimeter, entrance points, and working outside the hardened walls and buildings are vulnerable targets.

INL Corrections Advisor William Zalman said, “It is our honour to provide assistance to these incredible individuals who are a forgotten, but critical, part of the criminal justice system and provide a thankful service to Karachi and Pakistan.”

The INL bureau, which began its partnership with the SPD in 2014, works in more than 90 countries to help governments combat crime and corruption, counter drug-related crime, improve police institutions, and promote laws and court systems to make them more fair and accountable.