Metropolitan Karachi needs metropolitan police

Karachi: Metropolitan city of Karachi still faces serious challenges to contain crime, especially mugging, because the Karachi police is not trained in urban policing and is ill-equipped to fight urban crime, because this police is trained in conventional policing introduced by the British rulers to tame local people depending on old colonial techniques of fear and bullying. This metropolitan city badly needs a metropolitan police to purge the city effectively from urban crime and urban criminals.

The practical model of metropolitan police is the Metropolitan Police Service of London, UK.

The Metropolitan Police Service, abbreviated to MPS and widely known informally as “the Met”, is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement in Greater London, excluding the “square mile” of the City of London, which is the responsibility of the City of London Police.

Today, the Metropolitan Police Service employs around 31,000 officers together with about 13,000 police staff and 2,600 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). The MPS is also being supported by more than 5,100 volunteer police officers in the Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC) and its Employer Supported Policing (ESP) programme. The Metropolitan Police Services covers an area of 620 square miles and a population of 7.2 million.

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, commonly known simply as the Commissioner, is the overall operational leader of the force, responsible and accountable to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

Presently, MPS Commissioner is Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. Born in Sheffield, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has an MA in Law from Oxford University, a diploma in Applied Criminology and was awarded an MBA in Business Administration from Sheffield University.

Met believe in the concept of total policing. Total policing means a total war on crime, total care for victims, and total professionalism from our staff. The objectives of total policing include cutting crime, cut costs, and continue to develop the culture of the organisation. Met strives to achieve this with humility, integrity and transparency. They say: “we will develop making the Met the best police service in the world. And we’ll do this by being the very best we can be, and upholding our Corporate Values of Courage, Compassion, Professionalism and Integrity.

The Metropolitan Police Service was founded in 1829 by Robert Peel, who were affectionately, known as “bobbies”, under the Metropolitan Police Act 1829, and at that time, merged with the River Thames Marine Police Force, which had been formed in 1798. In 1837, it also incorporated with the Bow Street Horse Patrol that had been organised in 1805.

Metropolitan Police officers have legal jurisdiction throughout all of England and Wales, including areas that have their own special police forces, such as the Ministry of Defence, as do all police officers of territorial police forces. Officers also have limited powers in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Within the MPD, the Met will take over the investigation of any serious crime from the British Transport Police and Ministry of Defence Police, if it is deemed appropriate. Terrorist incidents and complex murder enquiries will almost always be investigated by the Met, with the assistance of any relevant specialist force, even if they are committed on railway or Ministry of Defence property. (A minor oddity to the normal jurisdiction of territorial police officers in England and Wales is that Met officers involved in the protection duties of the Royal Family and other VIPs have full police powers in Scotland and Northern Ireland in connection with those duties.)

Metropolitan Police employees consist of uniformed police officers, special constables, civilian staff, and police community support officers. The Met was the first force to introduce PCSOs.

Uniformed traffic wardens, who wear a uniform with yellow and black markings, are a distinct body from local council civil enforcement officers. The former have greater powers that include being able to stop vehicles and redirect traffic at an incident.

In addition to the headquarters at New Scotland Yard, there are 140 police stations in London. These range from large borough headquarters staffed around the clock every day to smaller stations, which may be open to the public only during normal business hours, or on certain days of the week.

Like Met the Karachi also needs a police force aimed at Sustainable Policing. About the sustainable policing Met says: “We are working to be the best police force in the world. One way we are doing this is by managing all our resources in a responsible, sustainable and transparent way.

Our corporate social responsibility reporting demonstrates how we deliver against a broad range of issues of importance to Londoners and our employees, how we manage our environmental, social and economic impacts and gives a flavour of the wide range of work that we do.”

To give the metropolitan Karachi a metropolitan police it needs taking courageous political decisions in the larger public interest, as with a better policing Karachi could be made a better and safer city, and thus boosting its economic potential for a better and more prosperous Pakistan.



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