LAHORE, October 22 (Internews):
Authorities in Pakistan's Punjab
province are launching a $2 million special investigations cadre for its
police to expedite control of crime, officials said here Monday.
Over 700 investigators will be recruited in the provincial police, the
largest in Pakistan, during the current financial year, ending June next
year, as part of the sweeping police reforms in the country.
The provincial government has decided to reduce the existing number of
police training institutes by 50 per cent and strengthen those with
optimal financial resources, besides requisitioning services of trained
police inspectors for scientific training to 3,650 police officials
every year across Punjab.
Currently, police officials in Punjab perform multifarious duties
including investigations, prosecution, administrative and traffic
responsibilities, in addition to watch and ward duties.
Due to shortage of duty staff a police official has to investigate an
average of 400 a year, which means cases are not speedily investigated.
"The creation of separate investigation cadre and recruitment of 700 new
investigating officials will go a long way in bringing much-needed
relief to the citizens," a government official said.
It has also been decided to that no official will from now on be
assigned more than 50 cases a year. Each would be provided a motorcycle
and some additional staff. This year alone, 192 sub inspectors and 3,104
constables have been recruited.
The planned three-year police reforms for all the four provinces of
Pakistan - Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh and North West Frontier Province -
will cost $20 million. The federal government would provide funds.