Punjab Highway Patrol

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Punjab Highway Patrol
Urdu: پنجاب شاہراہ گشتی‬
PHP
1124
Punjab Police
Punjab Highway Patrol Pk.jpg
Abbreviation PHP
Motto Safe Highways Urdu: محفوظ راہزن
Agency overview
Formed 8 January 2003
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Punjab, Pakistan
Size 205,344 sq. km.
Population 81.8 Million
Legal jurisdiction Punjab
General nature
Headquarters Lahore, Punjab

Agency executive
  • Additional IGP, Inspector General of Police (IGP) / Provincial Police Officer
Website
http://www.punjabpolice.gov.pk/

The Punjab Highway Patrol (Urdu: پنجاب شاہراہ گشتی‎; reporting name: PHP) serves as the traffic police for all Provincial Highways of Punjab. The PHP patrol the roads to maintain safe highways and prevent crimes from taking place, especially in rural regions of Punjab. Recently, in many districts, some of the patrolling units have also been given the responsibility for imposing tickets for traffic violations.[1]

History

PHP Posts.

The Chief Minister of the Punjab (Pakistan) announced the establishment of Patrolling Posts on the highways throughout the province on 8 January 2003. The object was to provide security to the people traveling on the highways and improve thana (Police Station) culture. 450 Patrolling Post would be established in two phases. By 31 March 2005 more than 190 posts have become operational and others will soon be commissioned. More than 11,500 constables have been recruited and trained in two years. They receive a special pay package which is almost twice that of the regular police. The Punjab Highway Patrol is headed by an officer of the rank of an Additional Inspector-General of Police.

Head of Organization

  • Additional Inspectors General of police is the Head of Punjab Highway Patrol.
  • The list of heads of this unit who commanded this organisation of Punjab Police is as under:-
NAME OF OFFICERS FROM TO
MR. TARIQ SALEEM PSP 04-08-2006 07-05-2007
MR. JAVED NOOR PSP 07-05-2007 26-01-2008
MR. MUHAMMAD ALTAF QAMAR PSP PPM 25-02-2008 04-06-2008
MR.MUHAMMAD ZAHID MAHMOOD PSP 04-06-2008 08-03-2009
MIRZA MOHAMMAD YASIN PSP 08-03-2009 03-04-2009
MR. ZAHID MAHMOOD PSP 03-04-2009 13-05-2009
MR. MOHAMMAD WASIM PSP 13-05-2009 31-01-2011
MR. HUMAYUN RAZA SHAFI PSP 21-02–2011 14-06-2011
MR. KHAN BAIG PSP 16-06-2011 02-01-2013
MALIK KHUDA BAKHSH AWAN PSP 02-01-2013 08-04-2013
MR. SOHAIL KHAN PSP 12-04-2013 28-07-2014
MIAN JAVED ISLAM PSP 28-07-2014 08-10-2015
DR. ARIF MUSHTAQ CH PSP 13-10-2015 22-02-2016
MR. AMJAD JAVID SALEEMI PSP 22-02-2016 22-05-2018
KUNWAR SHAHRUKH PSP 31-05-2018 TILL DATE

Objectives

  • Control crime on highways with a system of foot and mobile patrol within an area extending to 220 feet on either side of the designated highways
  • Apprehend criminals and hand them over to the local police
  • Preserve the crime scene and inform the local police after commission of an offence
  • Take measures to control traffic accidents
  • In case of accident, provide first aid to the injured and transport the seriously injured to hospital
  • Serve as reporting centres and provide emergency help in the form of guidance and road-side assistance
  • Keep the highways clear of encroachments in coordination with the competent authority
  • Conduct effective nakabandi (picketing on roads/highways) to stop a suspect vehicle following a crime or an accident
  • Check over-speeding and use of pressure horns in public service vehicles
  • Ensure round the clock presence of uniformed, well trained, well educated, alert and vigilant force
  • Traffic management on 12 Highways across the province

Training

Training occurs at the Chohung Training Center in Lahore. In addition to regular police training, the personnel of the Punjab Highway Patrol have been given 1 month of elite police training, to deal with criminals. They have also been given instructions in the following areas:

  • Character building
  • Principles of patrolling
  • Preservation of the scene of crime
  • Stop, search and arrest
  • First aid
  • Public dealing / Community policing
  • Safety and cleanliness.

Uniform

PHP Officers.

In order to distinguish Punjab Highway Patrol from general police a special uniform has been designed.

Helpline

In case of emergencies for help/assistance, Punjab Highway Patrol has established a helpline 1124 for road commuters.

Vehicles

PHP Vehicles.

Toyota Hilux (Single Cab & Double Cabin Vigo),

Equipment

AK 47, H&K G3, H&K MP5, Glock Series Pistols, Beretta 92fs, TT Pistol, Shotguns

See also

References

  1. ^ http://punjabpolice.gov.pk/highwaypatrol

External links

  • Official website
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