These days the police departments are undergoing a worldwide change. The concept of community policing is a new step in the policing system. It offers a positive change in society with its active participation. The idea behind is to build a healthy relationship between the police and society. The police acts as service provider while the community as a client. This creates a sense of trust between the police and society. In Pakistan’s case, the police department carries little credibility and is not in a position to render a positive response to the police department.
Once this concept is materialized, the traditional role of the police will change and will lead to a better community-police relationship. The community policing system is a joint venture of the police-people cooperation in controlling crimes through collective efforts. The formation of different community police centers in Pakistan is also a positive step.
The idea of community policing has received a good response in different countries such as Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Sweden and India. The UN has also recognized the need for highlighting the importance of community policing. The UN police have been working in various distressed regions of the world with the support of community policing.
Women are also working as active agents in ensuring community policing in the world. Women in Pakistan must also be made part of the community policing network. Our government must look into the concept of community policing and take some practical steps. This will help in improving the law and order situation in the country.
The District Toba Tek Singh Police believes in smart and efficient policing for the smooth functioning of a society. In order to better facilities the public, we have taken the following measures:
Masalhati Committee was established by DPO Toba Tek Singh. The main aim of forming this committee is to provide assistance to the police staff to reduce the crime rate and take appropriate actions against the offenders. The members of this committee are 12 to 16 per police station. Masalhati committee investigates the cases along with the police staff for providing immediate assistance to local public for their relevant problems.
Citizen Police Liaison Committee
The foundation of Citizen Police Liaison Committee aims to establish a peaceful and crime free society, to eliminate the gaps between police and public, and to upgrade and modernize the police services. It is a non-political statutory body representing all segments of the society. It is working under section 168, Police Order 2002, and is coordinating with the district police in efficient community policing. Since a crime free society is not possible without the help and cooperation of public, we highly appreciate the public efforts towards a peaceful community.