IGP bounds officers to spend an hour at check-posts


LAHORE: Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Amjad Javed Saleemi on Monday mandated all police officers to spend at least an hour at check-posts around the city so as to themselves monitor the crime situation and help citizens feel safer.

“All officers and officials are bound to deliver for the protection and security of the citizens and should come forward to deliver in the field instead of sitting in their offices,” the police chief said during a meeting wherein city’s overall crime rate for 2018 was analysed and the operational strategy for 2019 was devised.

Reiterating his resolve to eliminate crime, particularly street crime, Saleemi said that he himself would also visit pickets so that the prescribed SOPs can be kept a check at.

Lahore CCPO Bashir Ahmed Nasir, DIG (Operations) Waqas Nazeer, DIG (Investigation) Dr Inaam Waheed, SSP (Operations) Mustansar Firoz and SSP (Investigation) Zeeshan Asghar were also present on the occasion.

Briefing the IGP, DIG (Operations) Waqar Nazeer said that an operation to arrest proclaimed offenders (POs) was underway and up to 300 hardened POs had so far been identified.

He further said that the operational wing had arrested 2,586 members of 998 gangs and cracked 2,436 cases by recovering over Rs150 million. “Similarly, the investigation wing arrested 1,469 members of 659 gangs by cracking 5,832 cases and recovering over Rs520 million from the POs.”