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Physical fitness tests for police recruitment to begin on May 23

By Salis bin Perwaiz
May 15, 2024
Sindh IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon presides over a high-level meeting at CPO building in Karachi on May 14, 2024. — PPI
Sindh IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon presides over a high-level meeting at CPO building in Karachi on May 14, 2024. — PPI

Sindh police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon issued a recruitment policy on Tuesday, announcing that physical fitness tests for police recruitment would begin on May 23. He ordered ensuring all facilities at the physical fitness test centres.

IGP Memon chaired a meeting about conducting physical fitness tests for the vacant posts in the police department. The meeting took decisions considering the prevalent weather conditions.

The DIG Establishment briefed the meeting about the necessary steps to be taken for police recruitment, the available vacancies, the applications received and the arrangements to be made for conducting physical fitness tests.

He said that over 200,000 applications have been received from interested candidates against the 11,108 vacant posts of police constables in different police ranges and districts in the province. Considering the number of applications received, a running test for police recruitment will be started at provincial level on May 23.

The IGP ordered ensuring supply of electricity and potable water, medical assistance, availability of ambulances and other necessary facilities at all the centres selected for the physical fitness tests. He said the tests should not be conducted in the afternoon due to the intensity of the heat.

He also ordered installing CCTV cameras at all the centres selected for the preliminary test for police recruitment, and stressed that all the centres are responsible for making available the records of all the mandatory stages of police recruitment.

Memon said the results of the physical fitness and running tests of all the candidates should be released on the official website as soon as they are completed. He said officers and their teams would not only be given cash rewards but also certificates of appreciation for making the best arrangements for the candidates at the test centres.

Meeting with CRA

A 10-member delegation of the Crime Reporters Association (CRA) led by its President Kashif Hashmi and Secretary Rehan Chishti called on the IGP at the Central Police Office.

The delegation briefed the police chief about the CRA’s responsible role in journalism, about the association’s establishment and its objectives, and about the steps being taken to solve journalists’ problems.

They said the CRA, in collaboration with the Sindh police, wants to play a positive role in promoting friendly ties between the police and the public, and the ideology of community policing, according to its spirit and priorities, through a training programme.

The IGP told the delegation that having coordinated contacts between the media and the police is the first step towards positive policing. “The police are well aware of your problems and difficulties, but it is the need of the hour for the media and the police to come together on one platform to get out of the problems and difficulties.”

He said journalists should also understand their responsibilities, and move forward and show the positive side of the police to the public because when the performance of officials dealing with crime is shown to the public, it would boost police morale and reinforce the idea of police as people’s protectors. He said that journalists themselves should discourage fake news because the real platform to differentiate between truth and lies is only the media. Memon said that as the IGP, it is his endeavour to move forward with all stakeholders, eminent personalities and media.