Swat, June 1, 2016: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police, in collaboration with the Aitebaar programme and United Nations Development Programme held workshop on “Community Policing: A Way Forward” dialogue in a ceremony at a local hotel in Swat today. The event aimed to improve coordination amongst donors and create synergies and linkages between various community policing forums in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Key recommendations for improved community policing were also presented to police officials during the event.
A number of senior KP police officials, including, Mian Muhammad Asif, Additional IGP Headquarters, Masood Saleem, DIG Investigations, Azad Khan, DIG Malakand and Tahir Khan, DIG Mardan participated in the event. The event was attended by 80 participants in total, including, various District Police Officers (DPos), community representatives, lawyers and other Civil Society Organisations representatives.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police is testing various policing reforms in model police stations of Peshawar and Mardan region, and community policing is an important component of these reforms. Previously, in efforts to foster a participatory policing approach, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police officials worked directly with the communities to develop annual plans for the community policing forums in target districts.
Aitebaar and the UNDP are two of the most active donor-funded initiatives assisting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police in its reform efforts.