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ISLAMAABD:  Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said that police was playing vital role in maintaining law and order in the country, therefore it should be provided modern training to counter criminals using latest weapons and technology.

"Modern technology has created a lot of challenges for police as its increasing use is promoting crime. Hence the skill of police force should be improved according to new trends to tackle criminals," he said while addressing the passing out parade of the 37th Specialized Training Programme (STP) of the Assistant Superintendent of Police batch held here at the National Police Academy (NPA). The STP comprises 35 officers including a lady officer.

He said that he had directed secretary Ministry of Interior to establish an Information Technology (IT) department in police academy aimed at providing training to new officers for curbing cyber crimes.

The Minister said that successful policing was not possible without the participation of general public. "Police is playing very important role in the economic development of the country," he said. Malik said that if police ensure strict law and order foreign investors would come and invest here.

He said that public would lose confidence when police fails to ensure security of public property. Malik said that pay package of the employees of the academy would be made equal to pay package offered to police training school of capital police after July this year and announced 25 percent extra allowance for the employee of the academy.

Shoaib Ahamd, commandant National Police Academy, speaking on the occasion said that no society could progress when its citizens were not free of fear and not confident of the security of their lives and property. "To achieve a vibrant society and indeed a state, it is necessary to have professionally well trained police force which has the necessary vision to meet the challenges of modern day policing," he said.

He said that the graduating officers would do their job honestly and would  succeed in earning the respect of the public and government. Despite the sever constraints of human resource, the academy in the present premises has with the support of foreign government been able to train more than 5600 officers belonging to various law enforcement agencies, he said. Shoaib said that they had earlier drawn the attention of the government to the severe resource constraints faced by the academy due to which the academy has not been able to attract and retain quality police officers. The academy has also requested for enhancement of pay package of employees of the academy to overcome the problem. The police academy has lower pay package than the pay package offered to employees of police training school Islamabad, he said.

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