In Helmand, number of policewomen set to rise
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The number of policewomen would be increased significantly in southern Helmand province, a security official has promised.
Police chief Brig. Gen. Aqa Noor Kintoz told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview there were currently 35 policewomen in Helmand.
The female officials and corporals held different positions in the province, but theauthorities planned to boost the number to 400 female police staff in the near future, he said.
“A total of 400 policewomen have been approved for Helmand by the Ministry of Interior (MoI), but due to negligence of past officials, thefemale officers are yet to be recruited,” he added.
He would talk to tribal elders and other government officials regarding the recruitment of the female police force.
Presently, the policewomen are working with the Department of Counter-Narcotics, Crime Investigation Branch and some other offices at the police headquarters.
The policewomen could not participate in operations and searches on highways due to regional and cultural sensitivities, the police chief explained.
“In charge of the police headquarters, I treat all personnel like my sons and daughters. No one could dodge duty or put pressure on others. I will punish those violating rules and decorum,” he vowed.
Monthly assistancewas being provided to the families, whose near and dear ones had been killed in the line of duty, the police chief said.
Commander of female police platoon, Lt. GulalaiAyubi,stressed policewomen should be recruited as soon as possible to help manage the force activities.
Regarding the problems of female police, Ayubialleged they pressuredat times and their monthly allowances not paid on time.
Although they have been struggling a lot, they could not increase the female police staff in the province, she acknowledged.
A policewoman, Shabana,said she washappy with her job. However, she admitted, female police officials had many issues that needed to be addressed.
“I have four children to feed with my salary, but some policemen don’t let us avail our privileges in time,” she complained, asking the officials concerned to give policewomen their legitimate rights.
Another policewoman, Fatima, said she had been working in the police force for the past three years.“Activities of policewomen could not be performed by males.
“During search operations and checks on highways, there is need for policewomen to reduce disruptive activities,” she thought.
According to local security officials, two policewomen have been killed as a result of targeted attacks in Helmand. A policewoman was killed by her family over four years ago in the province
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