PESHAWAR -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has been beefing up the capabilities of the province's police force at eight specialised schools.
So far, more than 17,000 police officers have undergone training in the schools, which were set up over the past four years.
The latest to open was the Police School of Traffic Management in Kohat, inaugurated by KP Inspector General of Police Salahuddin Khan Mehsud November 22.
"State-of-the-art facilities have been provided to the School of Traffic Management, where trainers from the National Highways and Motorway Police and the Pakistani army will conduct training sessions," he told Pakistan Forward.
Modern facilities have also been provided to the other seven specialised schools set up throughout the province.
The Police School of Investigation in Hayatabad, Peshawar, was the first to open in June 2014, followed by the School of Intelligence in Abbottabad, which opened in October that year. The Elite Police Training Centre Nowshera also opened in 2014.
The Police School of Public Disorder and Riot Management in Mardan opened next in January 2015, followed by the School of Explosive Handling in Nowshera in February 2015 and the School of Tactics in Peshawar in August 2015. The School of Information Technology at Malik Saad Shaheed Police Lines in Peshawar was inaugurated in September 2015.
"Apart from professional trainers, senior professors, doctors, lawyers and other professionals deliver lectures at these specialised schools for the capacity building of the policemen," said Mehsud.
The schools offer two- and four-week courses to KP Police officers to improve their knowledge of various specialties.
The courses include post-blast management, collection of evidence after terrorist attacks, improved investigation, cellular forensics, case file management, basic and technical intelligence, computer knowledge and crowd management and dispersal.
Peshawar Police Sub-inspector Amir Mohammad told Pakistan Forward that training at the School of Investigation in Hayatabad has already helped him "better investigate cases, especially those of the sensitive nature".
"The number of civilians and personnel of law enforcement agencies maimed and killed in bomb blasts and IED attacks has drastically decreased ... because of the synergistic action of improved investigation/detection, intelligence gathering skills and the capacity of Bomb Disposal and Canine Units," KP Police spokesman Zahidullah Khan told Pakistan Forward.
The KP Police are trying to evolve from a traditional crime-fighting force to a modern, specialised, people-friendly organisation, he said, adding that the courses are mandatory for any police officer seeking promotion.