Bridging the Gap between Police and Community

Guests at launching ceremony of Community Policing Initiative

19th September 2013

On 19th September 2013, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police department launched community policing initiative in Malakand Division supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE). The launch event was organized in District Swat. Participants were also briefed about the goals and objectives of the community policing project, which is aimed at bridging the trust deficit between the community and local police.

Additional IG Operations, KP Police Mr. Mian Muhammad Asif was the chief guest while Ms. Sharmeela Rasool Chief Technical Specialist UNDP, Mr. Ashraf Khan Project Manager Strengthening Rule of Law in Malakand (SRLMP), Mr. Alejandro Alvarez Advisor Rule of Law, Justice and Security Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery and Mr. Azhar Bashir Malik Chief Operating Officer Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) also participated in the event. The event was also attended by District Police Officers, Superintendent of Police, Deputy Superintendent and SHOs of Police of the target districts as well as print and electronic media personnel and civil society representatives.

In its pilot phase, the project will cover 10 police stations in the Districts of Swat (4), Buner (3) and Lower Dir (3). Project interventions will be implemented in 30 Union Councils within these 3 districts. One of the major activities is formation of community policing forums that will help in strengthening linkages between the community and local police.
AIG Operations KP Police presenting memento to Mr. Alejandro Alverz
Speakers at the event stressed on the need to bridge the gap between community and police for better results of policing functions through interventions and activities such as this project. AIG Operations Mian Muhammad Asif was of the view that although community policing is a difficult task but it’s not impossible. He also explained that whenever community and police work, the results obtained are always mutually beneficial.