Technology-oriented policing discussed in AFIGP moot

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By Uzma Zafar

ISLAMABAD: The 6th AFIGP Annual Conference was held at National Police Academy in Islamabad under the auspices of Association of Former Inspectors General of Police (AFIGP).
The conference was set on the theme of “Reform through Technology Oriented Policing TOP” and was chaired by the President AFIGP Mr. Iftikhar Rashid and Mr. Dil Jan Khan. .
The conference dilated upon the rampant global technological advancement and its specific impacts on policing in Pakistan. To conform with emerging phenomenon, almost all police organizations have realigned themselves with integration of technology & digitalization.
Focus of the conference was to evaluate different initiatives, proposals and developments primarily in the area of technology oriented policing and to solicit inputs for consideration of police leadership and policy makers. The conference was followed by AFIGP Executive Committee Elections.
AFIGP stated to have firm belief that the prevalent law & order situation and terrorist activities in the country could be regulated through vigorous & enhanced Technology Oriented Policing TOP capabilities of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs).
It has also been felt that internal functioning capabilities of police as an institution is directly proportionate to the technological based backup up support. Enhancing such Technology Oriented Policing TOP not only aids in following best practices but helps devise an explicit road map to deal with emerging challenges faced by police.
Taking the foregoing into consideration, the AFIGP invited experts for sharing their knowledge & ideas on the subject for policy guidelines for various stakeholders.

In the beginning, General Secretary of AFIGP Mr. Kamal Uddin Tipu presented comprehensive progress and activities report of AFIGP. While sharing activity report, General Secretary AFIGP, stated that “Reform through Technology Oriented Policing TOP” is not only for knowledge but for assimilating such practices in our police working and processes. The Commandant National Police Academy congratulated AFIGP for holding such a successful conference on very contemporary and relevant issue.

Mr. Akbar Nasir Khan gave introductory briefing on Technology Oriented Policing TOP which was followed by presentation on Role of Technology in Urban Policing; Safe City Projects Punjab Police by Mr. Asim Jasra, SP. Mr. Arfan ul Haq from NPB gave a presentation on
Development of Platform for Sharing of Crime Statistics and Integration of Criminal Database. He urged to work on joint platform for creating and sharing digitized data of the criminals and crime among all the law enforcement agencies.

Ms. Amna Baig, SP presented IT-Based interventions in ICT Police in detail to the participants of the conference. Mr. Ashraf Zubair Siddique, ADG Immigration FIA shared practices of IT in Federal Investigation Agency: Present and Future. Technology on the Highways: Today & Tomorrow was presented by Mr. Shabih Hussain, SSP from Motorways Police. Mr. Saqib Sultan Al Mehmood, Director NPB shared a report on Police Reforms Committee Recommendations: Implementation Status. Mr. Saud Mirza, former IGP briefed on Police Icon – Mr. Sharif Khan IGP West Pakistan.

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