Community Policing (CP) in Pakistan: Philosophy of community policing revolves around promotion of organizational strategies, which support the community as a partner to build support for police image and functioning. CP model balances reactive responses to calls for service with proactive problem-solving centered on the causes of crime and disorder.
It can be seen that various attempts have been made in Pakistan during the previous years to make CP an effective tool to counter crime, violent extremism or terrorism. But these attempts have always been scattered, out of focus, half-hearted and generally left unfinished. Besides, we can see few success stories like Community Police Liaison Committees (CPLC) in Karachi, Islahi Committees across Punjab and community policing in KPK, which have not been replicated in other parts of the country. There has not been a consistent and institutionalized effort to introduce CP at national level. One of the reasons for these failures can also be attributed to administrative, social and other polarization effects.
During the Donors’ Conference it was felt that our International partners are working on CP but in isolation and there is disconnect between all these efforts. National Police Bureau hereby intends to combine all individual efforts of International partners in a single project with following major goals:
- To conduct a research why the previous attempts of national and international partners have not succeeded so far?
- Identifying best global practices, tailoring these practices according to our cultural and regional requirements and replicating them accordingly
- Working on giving a legal status to CP efforts
- CP implementation
- Monitoring / Feedback mechanism
Police Capacity Building; Training Audit of Police Training units: Training Audit of Police training units has been planned by NPB in collaboration with UNODC having main objective of standardization of police training curricula for all provinces to reflect and implement training regime for all police personnel and which reflect the competent laws of Pakistan, international best practices. The goal of the assessment is to redesign existing training program to ensure quality training of police to enhance performance. This will also help to find disconnect between the training of supervisory and subordinate level.
Public Awareness Campaign on Crime Scene: The nationwide campaign will be launched in collaboration with UNODC in order to raise public awareness to protect crime scenes for better collection and preservation of physical evidence to verify cases in court of law.