A view of Islamabad city. Image Credit: Gulf News archives.

Islamabad: The Islamabad police recently resolved a number of blind cases by using modern investigative methods and scientific techniques.

Arrest of a security guard who had fled after harassing a Swedish national last month, and the killing of a number of culprits wanted in the murder of police officers and a food delivery rider in F-9 Park have won the police some credibility in the eyes of the public.

According to the police spokesperson, it has been decided to upgrade the entire 11,000 police force of Islamabad. The old methods of investigation are giving way to quick, scientific investigative techniques like thermal imaging and collecting forensic evidence, thus giving quick results.

Two months in office, the new IGP of Islamabad Dr Akbar Nasir has undertaken a number of steps so that the capital police could be ranked among the top law-enforcement agencies.

Recently, the IGP Islamabad on the directions of Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan and approval of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has initiated the extension of Safe City Project from the current 30 per cent to 100 per cent.

Repairing of old, faulty cameras underway

The work has been divided into three phases, said the IGP, adding during the first phase, all the faulty cameras are being repaired. Besides, more than 100 cameras at Melody Chowk, Aabpara and Pakistan Monument site have been made functional after repair work.

Moreover, the repair work of other such cameras at Rawal Chowk, Taramri Chowk and other places is also being done and this task would be completed soon.

400 cameras along main avenues

The second phase includes 400 latest cameras at main avenues of Islamabad, including Srinagar Highway, Islamabad Expressway as well as Margalla Highway and this task would be completed till August 2022. These safe city cameras are being installed on these highways. They will also help identify traffic violators and facilitate the police in issuing e-challan and ensuring traffic enforcement.

Entire city to be covered

In the third phase, safe city cameras would be installed in the entire city where required. It would help to trace stolen cars and vehicles with fake numbers as well as non-custom paid vehicles. Islamabad Capital Police will share data with the Excise and Taxation Department.

Once completed, it will virtually turn Islamabad into a safe city, said the police chief.

Unified Communication & Response

Another important measure taken by the IGP Islamabad is merging the patrolling system of the city through introduction of Police Unified Communication and Response (PUCAR-15) as this system was earlier under control of each zone and police station.

The Eagle squads in the city would promptly reply on the call of PUCAR-15 and to act as first responder. The FIR of any incident would be registered on the spot and its copy would be provided to the complainant. This modern and refined system would help to ensure friendly police ecology in the city.