What is Police Awam Saath Saath?
Despite valiant efforts of Pakistan Police in countering terrorism, fighting crime, and ensuring citizen security, research shows that there exists significant mistrust amongst the public for Pakistan Police. Thus, there is a need to build greater trust and cooperation between communities and police for more effective law enforcement.
Police Awam Saath Saath aims to enhance police-community relations in Pakistan by assisting in building the capacity of police departments for communications, community engagement, research initiatives and simultaneously generating public demand around the need for police reform. This includes sensitization of police leadership towards the importance of communication and outreach to the public; building the capacity of police personnel to conduct low-cost communication and outreach initiatives without external support, and generating bottom-up demand for police reform and improvements in policing by engaging media and citizen groups.
Advocating for Police
Generating bottom-up demand for police reform and improvements in policing by engaging media, government and citizen groups.
Enabling police personnel of Pakistan on how to leverage technology and social media platforms to bridge the gap between police & community
Engaging with communities to enhance public trust in the police and encouraging them to partner with police to assist in making their communities safer.
Citizen Trust in Police: A Puzzling Paradox by Ali
Cheema and Zulfiqar
Public ratings of the police have consistently been below the ratings of other institutions in Pakistan. Only 33% of Pakistani respondents in Pew’s 2014 Global Attitudes Survey agreed that the police are exerting a good influence on the way things are going in Pakistan.
Stabilizing Pakistan through Police Reform Report by the Independent Commission on Pakistan Police Reform
The main objective of this report is to provide evidence about victimization and the costs associated with the criminal justice system that are borne by citizens of Lahore. We also review secondary evidence on the effectiveness of the criminal justice system.
Pildat Policy Brief: Policy Recommendations for Police Reforms by Muhammad Ali Nekokara
Police in Pakistan lacks operational capacity and external support and hence has been unable to create desired public value. External support such as democratic governance structure, efficient criminal and evidence laws, and monetary assistance is crucial to promote professionalism.