LAHORE: Despite challenges after a massive overhaul, Punjab Police are making special preparations for elections to ensure order and foolproof security arrangements during mass gatherings.
For capacity building to perform duties on Election Day, the police arranged a week-long training programme for members of the force. The initiative kicked off in all districts of the province last Sunday in coordination with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The training was aimed to build the capacity of police officials to counter any emergency situation or untoward incident on polling day. The participants will be provided training to protect ballot boxes, returning officers and prominent personalities. They will also be trained to provide first aid, fight fires, handle emergencies and coordinate with other law enforcement agencies.
Punjab Police has decided to rely sufficiently on the Special Branch till elections. The Inspector General of Police Punjab (IGP) Dr Syed Kaleem Imam held a meeting with Additional IG Special Branch Farooq Mazhar at the IG Office.
During the meeting, he had ordered the additional IG to direct the officers of the Special Branch, in all the districts of the province, to increase their coordination with field teams. He stated that law and order were facing new challenges during this election so all officers should perform their duties with enthusiasm, passion and dedication.