Improving Police Behaviors Critical For Tackling Trust Deficit: Speakers

Improving police behaviors critical for tackling trust deficit: Speakers

MARDAN, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -6th Sept,2016) : The members of working group on police reforms, during a consultative meeting at DPO Office here emphasize upon improving police behavior to tackle and build confidence and trust of masses in police force.

They said that the police today in KP had transformed massively - comparing to the police few years back - for increased transparency, accountability and public service. They noted that KP police has got rid of the menace of corruption through reforms and vision to serve as a department oriented for public welfare adding that hiring system has been improved where one cannot join the department through means of bribe rather NTS clearance is mandatory is this regard.

The meeting was a part of the project 'Ulasi Police', which is an awareness and advocacy campaign undertaken by the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) � as part of USAID Small Grants and Ambassadors' Fund Program � to strengthen the rule of law in KP province by promoting and disseminating the significant police reforms aimed at incorporating local communities' policing needs and international human rights standards.

The endeavor aims to tackle the trust deficit between the public and police, help KP police become an accountable and community-focused police force. They said that several initiatives as part of Police reforms had immensely benefitted the public, especially the Dispute Resolution Councils, Police Assistance Lines and Police Access services, but these changes need to be propagated by the media to inform and aware the public on means of access.

Speaking about the issues of 'Thana Culture', the members of group from police said that changes brought about in the KP police are not cosmetic, the citizens are welcomed in the police stations in a friendly atmosphere, with dedicated women desks in model police stations.

Talking about their training needs, the members said that there was a dire need to ensure technical training standards adding the subjects of criminology and psychology. The members concluded that the complaint redressal mechanism has significantly evolved.

However, to further develop public-police linkages, proper and sustained implementation of policies and reforms is crucial. The working group members of police included Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Headquarters, Mardan Ikhtiraz Khan, DSP, Sheikh Melton Mardan Haider Khan, Station House Officer (SHO), Police Station Toru, Mardan Luqman Khan, SHO Cantt PS Mardan Arshad Ali, Inspector Legal Mardan Shafiq Khan, Lady Constable Mardan Sara Zeb, Lady Constable, Mardan Kalsoom Shahzadi.

The participating members of community said that police should be aware of the criticality of linkages with public and thus should organize community meetings regularly including males and females. The police should be equipped with necessary wherewithal to deal with the challenges of peace and security.