LAHORE: Inspector General of Police Punjab Inam Ghani has said that maintaining law and order in the province, ensuring prompt solution to the problems of citizens and ensuring uniform rule of law is my top priority. In order to meet the expectations, all the Principal Staff Officers posted in the Central Police Office and the Command Officers posted in the regions and districts will have to play their effective role in the best possible way. He further said that the officers and personnel who would bring the oppressors to justice and support the oppressed would be the vanguard of my team so all the officers should keep themselves active for further improvement in the process of public safety and service delivery to improve the image of the police in the society with the their positive attitude so that the image of the Punjab Police as a supportive force can become stronger. "I will make sure that transfer postings are based solely on performance and good reputation, so that all officers should make selfless service to citizens without any pressure and rooting out criminal elements their motto," he added.
He further said that the policy of Zero Tolerance on Harassment and Corruption would be strictly implemented and the Additional IG IAB would be fully independent to take suo moto action on corruption cases as well as complete the inquiry and punish those responsible. He further said that corruption, abuse of power and killing and torture in police custody at any level in administrative and professional matters would not be acceptable and action under zero tolerance should be ensured against the officers and personnel involved in such irregularities.
He asserted that, restoring the writ of the state while ensuring uniform enforcement of the law is one of my top priorities and in this regard, adherence to merit, discipline and strict following on issued SOPs will be ensured in all case. He further said that besides speeding up the free registration of FIRs, special attention would be given to improve the quality of investigation so that the society could be made crime free by punishing the professional accused involved in serious crimes.
By making an ethical change in the behavior of the police force and transforming it into a public friendly force is an important part of my policy and in this regard, along with making the recruitment policy more effective, further upgrading the training system and transfer, posting and promotion merit observance will be ensured in all cases so that the Punjab Police as an institution is made stronger and stronger by changing the public perception. He expressed these views while talking to media after assuming charge of the designation of Inspector General of Police Punjab at the Central Police Office here today and issuing instructions in the first formal meeting with the officers.
While answering the questions asked by media correspondents IGP Inam Ghani further said that the team of officers working in all the regions and districts of Punjab consists of the best professional officers out of which no officer will be replaced for any reason but all the field officers including CPO have been empowered for supervision. He further said that in order to make the working system of the Central Police Office more functional, the focus would be on reorganization and up gradation so that the departmental affairs could be carried out more efficiently and diligently. He further said that the Central Police Office is the home of the police officers and any meeting of the officers in it is an internal matter of the police force. He further said that there was no grouping in Punjab Police and all reports regarding grouping of seniors and juniors were contrary to the facts and baseless. He further said that CCPO Lahore, all RPOs, CPOs and DPOs are committed to protect and serve the lives and property of the people by ensuring implementation of government orders and police as a disciplined force. He further said that illegal detention, torture or death during detention is not acceptable and prompt departmental and legal action against the officers and personnel involved in such incidents would be taken on priority basis. He further said that special attention would be paid to the process of punishment and the best performing officers and personnel would be encouraged while those who committed non-professionalism and irresponsibility would be punished according to the discipline matrix. He further said that timely provision of information would improve the relations with the media so that the media would continue to identify crimes as well as publicize the good works of the police. He further said that equal focus on operations as well as investigative matters would be ensured in all cases and special attention would be given to rooting out serious crimes in all major cities including Lahore. He further said that the new vehicles provided by the government would significantly improve the patrolling of police and the functioning of police stations as well as continue the recruitment process without any hindrance to meet the shortage of personnel.
On arrival at the Central Police Office, a well-armed squad of police extended salutations to IG Punjab Inam Ghani while other officers including Additional IGs and DIGs posted in the CPO welcomed IG Punjab. Responding to questions from the media, the IG Punjab said that no political or administrative pressure would be tolerated in ensuring the rule of law but action would be taken on merit against anyone who violated the law. He further said that the mission of public service and safety would be continued under the best working relationship with all field officers including CCPO Lahore so that the police as smart and community police could provide all possible protection and service delivery to the people. Later, IG Punjab Inam Ghani held the first formal meeting with the officers at the Central Police Office and issued important instructions to the officers regarding his policy, priorities and performance of professional matters. Add IG PHP captain retired Zafar Iqbal Awan, Additional IG IAB Azhar Hameed Khokhar, Additional IG Training Shahid Hanif, Additional IG R&D Ghulam Rasool Zahid, Additional IG Establishment BA Nasir, Additional IG Safe City Rao Sardar, DIG Legal Jawad Ahmed Dogar, Additional IG Logistics and Procurement Ali Amir Malik and Additional IG Operations Zulfiqar Hameed, Additional IG CTD Muhammad Tahir Rai, DIG Zaeem Iqbal Sheikh and other officers were also present in the meeting.