Punjab Highway patrol and prospects – Blogs and Columns – Daily Notable
Safe highway is the guarantee of safe Punjab. The concept of Punjab highway patrol was given in the year 2003 to safeguard the provincial Highways from road robbery and for the purpose of reduction of accidents. Highways are conduit to transport material and goods from one factory to another and travel of passengers.
The crime situation on road was horrible before the establishment of Punjab highway patrol. The road robbery was rampant; the buses were used to be looted with impunity. Commuters were helpless in case of distress and untoward incident on roads.
The establishment of Punjab Highway Patrol characterizes the vision of safe highways. The majestic building of Punjab highway patrol is the bastion to provide protection to the life and property of road commuters. The concept of Punjab highway patrol is to promote pro-active policing and to scuttle the traditional policing.
There are manifold objectives of Punjab Highway patrolling police. Additional Inspector General of police is the head of Punjab highway patrol. The present incumbent Addl: IG Punjab Highway patrol is Shahid Hanif (PSP) and DIG PHP is Dr Muhammad Abid Khan (PSP). The region is administered by Sr. Superintendent of Police. SSP Zubaida Parveen is heading the PHP Region Faisalabad. She has served on different administrative and operational seats such as SP Admin Faisalabad, SP investigation Khushab, SP IAB Sahiwal and SSP PHP Multan.
Punjab Highway Patrolling Police was established to safeguard the provincial Highways as before 2005, Highways were not safe for travelling and transportation of industrial goods.
Robbery and Dacoity was common and made life of road users jeopardized and insecurity haunts the provincial Highways. Travelling was risky before Dawn and after dusk. With the establishment of Patrolling Police, the crime on the road has decreased considerably.
Each Patrolling Post covers 25 to 35 Km Beat Areas. Effective round the clock Patrolling has created deterrence against happening of any sort of mishap on roads. Patrolling Police employs Pro – active policing in the mitigation of accidents and combating crime.
Patrolling Police acts as first Responder in case of any mishap and accidents. The injured are provided with first aid and the serious one is transferred to nearby hospital. The removal of encroachment, reuniting the found children to parents and help rendering is the salient feature of Punjab Highway Patrol. Safe roads are the testimony of safe Punjab.
System of foot and mobile patrol within an area extending to 220 feet on either side of the designated highways helps in eliminating the crime. Punjab highway patrol teams apprehend culprits and hand them over to the local police. The patrolling teams preserve the crime scene and inform the district police in case of commission of any sort of offence in the beat area.
The mechanism is devised to mitigate the road accidents. It is prime task to take measures to control traffic accidents. In case of happening of accident, the patrolling officers/officials provide first aid to the injured and shift the seriously injured to nearby hospital.
Punjab highway patrol removes the encroachments in coordination with the competent authority. Punjab highway patrol ensure round the clock presence of uniformed, well trained, well equipped, well educated, alert and vigilant officers, ready to serve the road commuters, no matter, it is scorching heat and extreme weathers. The patrolling officers are armed with sophisticated weapons such as AK-47, G-3 and Beretta Pistol.
In order to regulate traffic on provincial Highways, it has devised a novel strategy of “One District, One Road”. This project helps in mitigating the chances of accidents, loss of human life and property on 32 designated highways across the province. The results are significant and we have witnessed almost 40% reduction in accidents on the highways, where the traffic management programme “One District, One Road” was launched as a pilot project.
Training of the personnel of Punjab Highway patrol
The training of PHP personnel is most crucial to build their capacity to deal dexterously with road crime and diverse situations while patrolling in the beat area. The most important domains of training are weapon handling, inculcation of principal of patrolling, character building, public dealing and community policing, the importance of crime scene and method of preservation of crime scene, stress management, dealing with accidents and provision of first aid, responsibilities of first respondent, methods to stop, search and arrest and accident investigation to ascertain the cause of accident.
Mobile Education Unit
Mobile Education Unit is the best instrument to create awareness about road safety, drug abuse and Pandemic Corona virus.
Mobile education unit has predominant responsibility to create awareness in the educational institutions, public places, bus terminals, union councils, health care centers and commercial markets. Road shows and establishment of road camps helps people to know about traffic rules and ongoing awareness campaigns. It builds soft image of department as imparting education, distribution of pamphlets and leaflets bolster community policing.
Helpline of PHP
In case of emergency, happening of incident/accident, the road commuters can call on help line 1124 of Punjab Highway Patrol police. The cosmetic repair of dilapidated vehicles and addition of 47 brand new vehicles will definitely improve the efficiency of Punjab Highway patrol. The incumbent Addl: IG Punjab Highway Patrol is striving hard to build the image of patrolling police through professional commitment and unparallel leadership expertise. The focus of PHP should be on service delivery to Road commuters. – PUNA