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During past five months, crime rate has decreased all over Punjab

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Lahore, June 12, 2012 (PPI-OT): During the past five months, the crime rate has registered a considerable decrease all over the Punjab province and the incidents of kidnappings for ransom have almost been controlled by implementing an effective strategy in Katcha Areas, adjacent to Dera Ghazi Khan. The same strategy is being implemented in Lahore to bring down the crimes graph.

This was stated by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman while addressing the RPO Conference at Central Police Office today. All the Regional Police Officers (RPOs), City Police Officers (CPOs), District Police Officers (DPOs) and Lahore CCPO Aslam Tareen, DIG (Operations) and DIG (Investigations) attended the conference.

The IGP was informed that the police submitted challans of 194 murder cases including 20 cases of blind murders during the last five months. Similarly, the challans of 16 cases of kidnappings for ransom, 9 of dacoity-cum-murder, 71 of dacoities and 696 cases of theft were also submitted in the courts by the police during the same period. The police also smashed 108 gangs of criminals by arresting their 389 members and at least 1145 cases had also been traced against these gangs.

The police also recovered stolen property worth Rs 130 million from their possession. The police during its campaign against hardened criminals also arrested 6985 Proclaimed Offenders (POs) and 2705 Court Absconders (CAs) from across the province. The Punjab police handed over 1645 vehicles, recovered from the criminals, to the genuine owners during the last five months.

The meeting also decided that the RPO Conference would be called Provincial Law and Order Conference in future and would be held regularly. The meeting also decided to restore the old designations of police posts including of the IG, Additional IGs, DIGs, SSPs, SPs and DSPs rather than using the nomenclatures of CPOs, DPOs and SDPOs.

It was also decided that the recruitments would be ensured merit-based and DIG Zulifqar Cheema will prepare examinations question-papers for recruitments in police.

The meeting also decided that the candidates with more height than the required 5 feet 7 inches would be given additional marks while electronic gadgets would be used for checking of physical fitness of the applicants so the process could be made error free.

As the policy of the Punjab Chief Minister, job quota for female candidates in the police department has been increased to 15 per cent from the previous 10 per cent.

On this occasion, the provincial police officer directed the RPOs and DPOs to personally visit the crime scene in case the incidents of rape and gang-rape involving minor girls, are reported.

The meeting also reviewed the performance of the Open Courts and the Field Officers were directed that no leniency would be tolerated in this regard in future. The meeting also decided that DPO would be empowered to change the fist investigations, the RPO can change the second and only the IGP can change it in the third stage.

The meeting also decided to include Top-20 Proclaimed Offenders in the black book. The police officers who failed to report to the authority concerned for Junior Command Course and Advance Course would be taken to task. The meeting also decided that only the traffic police are authorized to issue challan tickets in violation of traffic and not the PHP police.

It was also decided the field officers would be given maximum powers to ensure strict and on-the-spot action against the elements involved in sectarianism.

The meeting also decided that the Chief Minister Punjab would be requested to enhance the budget allocation for the Punjab police for the fiscal year 2012-13 because the amount allocated in the proposed budget was not sufficient to meet the financial problems being faced by the police.

For more information, contact:
Punjab Police
5th Floor, Police Headquarters (PHQ),
Punjab, Lahore
Tel: +9242 99213019
Fax: +9242 99213013
Email: adc@punjabpolice.gov.pk

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