Public confidence vital to ensure effective policing: IGP

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Sultan Azam Temuri said Friday that community and service-oriented policing is the only way to win public confidence, adding that neighborhood watch committees would be made more effective to bridge the gap between the police and the public.

He said this while addressing a seminar at Women Welfare and Development Centre here at sector G-7/1. Operations Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mir Vais Niaz, Women Welfare Centre Deputy Director Asmat Afridi, City Superintendent of Police (SP) Ahmed Iqbal, Special Branch SP Irsala Saleem, City Zone deputy inspector generals, human rights activists and students also attended the seminar.

The IGP said that the capital police was very much committed to serve the people and enhance liaison with the community through various friendly measures in order to win public support. He said that in neighborhood watch committees, the inclusion of students, doctors, housewives and notables had been ensured.

He further said the main purpose of such committees was to monitor the activities around them and inform the police in case of any suspicious activity. He assured that the name of those who provided important information to police would be kept secret and complete coordination would be ensured with such a person.

The IGP said that police was utilising all available resources for the protection to the lives and properties of the citizens and said that cooperation of the community in this regard was key to make the public-police liaison successful.