Rapid Response Force be kept on alert on eve of polls: IGP

General Karachi

KARACHI: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Shahid Nadeem Baloch Saturday ordered police officials to prepare lists of all police officers and personnel of Elite and Eagle trained under refresher courses and complete manpower of approved Rapid Response Force from all such officers and personnel, while remaining commandoes should be included in DIG and SSP reserve forces so that support could be provided to police stations and district police under immediate action and need.

IGP instructed this while presiding over a meeting on Rapid Response Force affairs and performance at Central Police Office. The meeting was also attended by DIG Headquarters Dr Sanaullah Abbasi, DIG Establishment Dr Ameen Yousuf Zai, DIG Rapid Response Force Imran Yaqoob Minhas, AIG Operations Naeem Shaikh and other police officials.

He issued directives that Rapid Response Force should be kept on alert in view of upcoming general elections besides taking steps to ensure provision of arms & ammunition, vehicles and communication equipments like wireless sets for this force. He also said that refresher courses including firing practice and combating prevalent challenges should be conducted for force officers and personnel.

Baloch said that operations and monitoring room established at Central Police Office would work as central control room during elections, therefore, police should boost communication system and stabilize wireless based stations of DIGs, SSPs and police stations. The installations and rectifications of wireless sets in police mobile should also be ensured and coordination among police officers boosted so that immediate actions could be taken in case of any untoward incident.

He directed SSP and SP Headquarters to send recommendations for required communication equipments and a report on available stock with immediate effect.

Minhas told the meeting that Rapid Response Force works under IGP Sindh and could help police at any time during emergencies. He said that the force is also working along with police stations and district police in an ongoing operation against criminals.