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Sunday June 23, 2024

IGP orders withdrawal of cops protecting unauthorised persons

By Salis bin Perwaiz
June 09, 2024
Sindh Inspector General Police (IGP) Ghulam Nabi Memon presides over a meeting on police station reforms at the Central Police Office on June 3, 2024. —  Screengrab via Facebook/Sindh Police
Sindh Inspector General Police (IGP) Ghulam Nabi Memon presides over a meeting on police station reforms at the Central Police Office on June 3, 2024. —  Screengrab via Facebook/Sindh Police

Sindh police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon on Saturday ordered that police security from unauthorised persons should be withdrawn immediately and the recalled cops should be deployed at police stations.

Moreover, he directed that upper course-qualified sub-inspectors and hardworking officers should be made SHOs to make a difference in policing. Officials said IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon issued these directives while chairing a meeting at the Central Police Office.

Finance, admin Karachi, security, range DIGs, SSPs, AIGs, Finance, Establishment, operations, admin, security I and II SPs and DIG Captain (Retd) Asim Qaimkhani attended in person while the DIGs of Hyderabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mirpurkhas, Larkana and Sukkur participated through video link. The previous proposals for reforms in the police stations were reviewed in detail.

The IGP said possible steps should be taken such as posting cops them in police stations after reviewing the available manpower at the district level, while police security should be withdrawn immediately from the unauthorised people and they should also be made part of the manpower of the police stations.

He said that after the approval of the proposal to allocate a budget for the police stations and verification measures, the police stations will not only become financially independent but their administrative affairs and measures will also gradually improve significantly.

Memon said the deployment of police personnel should be stopped and cancelled immediately on verbal orders. However, providing police security will only be the responsibility of the Security Department One. He said Section 144 imposed on display of arms at Sindh level should be implemented strictly.

Moreover, unnecessary police security should be withdrawn by taking steps on the clear instructions of Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, which is aimed at strengthening the overall security issues by increasing the manpower. The IGP said the deployment of cops at police stations so far has seen a significant and positive impact on the law and order situation in the cities, the credit of which undoubtedly goes to “the hard work and efforts of all of you”.

He further said the district SSP has the authority to appoint SHOs as the district police officer is well aware of the regional situation and necessary issues and measures related to law and order. Legislation is also being enacted to prevent unreasonable and contrary change of rules of SHOs, which is aimed at providing an opportunity to the area officer to perform his duties properly while keeping him away from all kinds of stress and trouble.

He asked all the DIGs, SSPs, SDPOs and SHOs to ensure their presence among the people and take concrete steps towards resolving their problems. All officers should set up a model police station in their districts in 30 days. Three best model police stations of the province will be awarded. The security measures taken ahead of Eidul Azha are commendable and satisfactory, he said.

All officers should increase security measures at cattle markets, including their main and sub-routes, till Eidul Azha, and with capacity building and capacity building, the quality of policing will reflect people-friendly aspirations. The deployment of competent and skilled officers, as well as personnel with positive attitudes at police station will see a new form of policing culture. Pro-people initiatives play a key role in developing police structure, capacity and capabilities, the IGP remarked.