Inauguration of model police station in Khawazakhela, SwatNov 30, 2016
29 November 2016, Swat—Model police station (MPS), Khawazakhela, Swat was inaugurated today by Mian Muhammad Asif, Additional Inspector General of police and Mr. Amir Goraya, Assistant Country Director, DGU, UNDP Pakistan.
Eighteen MPS in Malakand and the southern districts were established with financial support from the European Union (EU) and the US Bureau of International Narcotics and LawEnforcement Affairs (INL) under the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Strengthening Rule of Law Project (SRLP) for Khyber Pakhtunhwa (KP). The project refurbished station clerk/administrative offices, creating a more user-friendly look and improving recordkeeping, established gender desks for effective gender-responsive policing, refurbished /established investigation rooms and established a hall for community policing forums.
All MPs are equipped with closed-circuit televisioncameras and other necessary equipment. The main features are community policing and gender-responsive policing. The project trained 240 police officers, including 120 women, by providing support to the Regional Training Center, Swat.
The event was also attended by Her Excellency Dr. Brigitta Blaha, Ambassador of Austria to Pakistan; Mr. Akhtar Hayat Khan Gandapur, Deputy Inspector General of Police Malakand; Mr. Martjin Gerardus Albertus Beerthuizen, First Secretary, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands; Mr. Jakhongir Khaydarov, Project Manager, SRLP, UNDP; Ms. Shahzada Ahmad, Senior Programme Specialist, SRLP, UNDP; and Mr. Paul Norman, International Policing Specialist, SRLP, UNDP.
The project established community policing forums in collaboration with the KP police to decrease the gap between police and community. Twenty-eight such forums are now functioning on a daily basis in the Malakand region to identify local issues.
“Model police stations encourage the community to come closer to the police, sit together and discuss and resolve issues in the newly established community halls, “said Mr. Goyraya.
The project also established investigation rooms and trained police officers to improve the quality of investigations. Women desks are now fully functional and the trained women police officers are available to help local women.
“Gender desks encourage women complainants to come forward to police stations and seek assistance from the trained women desk operators,” said Mr. Goraya.
The project assessed 43 MPS, established 37 community policing forums, trained 740 community members and 370 police officers in community policing, developed 10 district policing plans and trained 450 police officers, including 120 women.
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