Balkh starts creating community policing forums
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The administration of northern Balkh province has embarked on creating community policing forums called “Peace Committees” to bridge the gap between people and police and join hands against criminals.
The first such forum was announced for Khulm district at a ceremony held in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital.
Senior official at the governor’s house, Zabihullah Akhtari, told Pajhwok Afghan News the forum consisted of local elders and malaks would consult security officials and share necessary information with them.
He said the government wanted to bring closer people and police, a liaison that was necessary for sustainable peace. He said the community policing process was launched from Khulm district.
The forums would inform police about suspicious activities and persons and police would assist the committees in legal issues, he said, adding such systems existed in other countries and effective in maintaining peace.
Abdul Samad, a member of the peace committee for Khulm district, welcomed the government’s initiative and said sustainable peace could only be possible if local residents extended complete support to security forces.
Balkh police chief Shabar Jan Durrani said more community policing forums would be set up if the Khulm peace committee produced positive results.
Sharing information and consulting police in important matters were the main goal of the committee, he said, adding that weapons would not be given to the committee and its work would be confined only to sharing information with police.
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