Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday declared the personnel of Dolphin Force the new face of Punjab police. While addressing the ceremony of passing out parade of Dolphin Force in Lahore Chohang, CM Punjab said that the establishment of Dolphin Force in Pakistan is a big achievement and will assist in crushing out street crimes. He made it obvious that the personnel have been nominated in the force on merit and will prove to be ‘Shaheen’ against criminals. He also thanked President of Turkey for their cooperation in training Dolphin Force.
|In Udru:||ڈالفن فورس|
|Motto:||Crushing out street crimes|
|Equipment:||Uniforms and Motorbikes and Bluetooth microphone-equipped helmets|
|Cost of Helmets:||Rs 35000|
|Cost of Bluetooth :||Rs ——–|
|Cost of Motorbike:||Rs 1 million|
|Cost of Uniform:||Rs 50000|
|Motorbikes:||500CC Honda bikes|
|Trained by:||Turkish counterparts|
|Master trainers:||25 police officers from Lahore who were flown to Turkey to be trained|
|Training cost:||Rs50m was spent on training the master trainers|
|Height for Male (if you want to join):||Minimum 5’ Feet and 9” Inches|
|Chest for Male:||Minimum 33×34 ½ Inches|
|Qualification:||Candidates possessing FA or equivalent degree|
|Age of Candidate:||Between 18 to 25 years|
|Driver Constable:||LTV Driving License with 2 years experience is compulsory|
|Running Test:||Candidates have to run 1.6 KM in 7 minutes|
|Formed:||Launched in April|
|Headquarters:||Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Employees:||700 officers In first Phase|
|Uniform Colour:||Black & Red combination|
|Governing Body:||Punjab Police|
|Overviewed By:||Government of Punjab|
|Headquarters:||Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Executive:||DIG Haider Ashraf|
It is hard to miss the latest addition to Lahore’s ever-growing police force. With their spanking new uniforms, top-of-the-line motorbikes and Bluetooth microphone-equipped helmets, personnel of the Dolphin Force (DF), launched in April, can easily be spotted as they patrol Lahore’s streets with an aim to curb crime. “When they’re on the street, the police receive fewer calls,” says Operations DIG Haider Ashraf, adding that the crime rate has already decreased in Model Town and Saddar, especially during the force’s patrolling hours.
The stats partially seem to back his claim: according to official statistics, the city saw 151 street robberies in April this year. It is too early, however, to establish a comprehensive success rate. But beyond its shiny exterior and early reports of success, is this new branch of Lahore’s hydra-headed police force really worth the nearly one billion rupees of investment.
DFs 1st batch of officers
The DF’s first batch of officers is already plagued by ill planning and a lack of resources, a closer examination has revealed. The 700 officers on patrol have only been given one uniform each. Officers have eight-hour shifts daily and have no choice but to reuse the same uniform for their shifts the next day. Adding insult to injury, the Rs50,000 uniform is made out of parachute material, which is unsuitable for Lahore’s sweltering heat: four DF officers have fainted while on duty. To address this problem new cotton uniforms, to be made in Sialkot, have been requested. They will supposedly be ready within the next month. Another expensive error is the choice of 500CC Honda bikes. Bought for Rs1 million each, the DF was initially given 35, with a plan to eventually take the number of bikes up to 300.One wonders why such heavy bikes were chosen when there is not a single workshop in the city equipped to repair them. Any serious damage to the bikes would force the department to park them in the garage.
DIG Ashraf says
DIG Ashraf says the department is working to resolve this issue as well. “We have finalised a deal with Honda Pakistan,” he states. “They are bringing in equipment required to repair the bikes.” The helmets to be worn by the officers — bought at Rs35,000 apiece — are also unlikely to be put to full use anytime soon; the Bluetooth attached to the helmets has not been integrated into the force’s communication system yet. The officers were supposed to have cameras on their uniforms in order to record their interaction with the public, but given the expenses these have not been installed yet either. A much-touted tracking device has also not been put into place.
How to trained
Allegedly, Rs50m was spent on training the master trainers — 25 police officers from Lahore who were flown to Turkey to be trained by their Turkish counterparts. After returning home, the master trainers were supposed to train the entire force. But 25 officers can only train so many individuals. They have to leave their active duty for three months to train their fellow officers, which reduces the number of officers available for patrolling.“If we want to train other candidates for the force, we’ll first have to master our skills on these bikes,”
Dolphin Squad is upgraded force of Punjab Police which is much efficient against the street crimes. Punjab Government has taken this initiative as compare to other provinces of Pakistan and currently the performance of this force is praise able because it reaches the crime place as soon as possible and takes over the situation.