KP govt set to make police force apolitical: Khattak

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Peshawar—Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Pervaiz Khattak said that Police Reform Bill will be introduce in the provincial assembly session commencing on Wednesday (Aug 03) to make the police force more efficient and enabling it to work without bureaucratic and political influence.
Addressing a press conference at CM House here Tuesday, the Chief Minister outlined the salient features of proposed Police Reform Bill which included making it apolitical force, improve operational independence, making it answerable to the masses, enhancing professional transparency in government affairs and provision of best services.
Explaining the bill in more detail, he said that IGP would be empowered to appoint the police officials to the rank of Additional IG besides strengthen external accountability process. He added that District Safety Commission would be authorized to conduct inspections of the police stations and police posts to ensure that no one con-fine illegally police lockup.
Member of the District Safety Commission would sit in the entire procurement process for the police department as an observer. Moreover, the District Police Officer would present performance report twice in a year to the district assembly that would open for discussion like the provincial assembly.
The new proposed Police Reform Bill also included Regional Complaint Authority comprising three members including a retired judge, a civil officers and a professional from civil society which will conduct inquiry into the police excesses. All the inductions would be made in the police department through NTS and ETEA in a transparent way.
Chief Minister also referred to the efforts made for capacity building of the police force that including rising of specialized units like BDU, Traffic Wardens, CTD, RRF, SCU and K-9, setting up a specialized police training school for Advance Intelligence System, Investigations and Tactics.
Khattak said that the new reform package will make conditional promotion of police with training and added that 25 percent promotions at the level of DSP has been linked with passing of Public Service Commission exam.
Moreover, Public Liaison Council has been setup comprising members of the Village and Neighborhood Councils which will address the problems of people at local level. It is an effort to ensure community policing.
The Chief Minister also referred to setting up of Dispute Resolution Council, Police Assistance Lines, Police Access Service and Public Facilitation Centres to help masses in resolving their issues.
Provincial Public Safety Commission would be a supreme body which will monitor police reforms and inquires. The Commission will comprise two members each from government and opposition sides, besides four retired government employees including a high court judge, major general, civil servant and police officials and four members from civil society will be part of this commission.
Minister for Minerals Development Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli, Minister for PHED Shah Farman and KP police chief Nasir Khan Durrani were present on the occasion.—APP

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