The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police has faced myriad of challenges since the onset of terrorism and militancy after 2001. Initially, the province in general and the Police in particular were not prepared to effectively tackle and defeat the unprecedented wave of terrorism unleashed relentlessly. Subsequently, the Police planning was focused on countering terrorism and violent conflict. Priorities were re-drawn, human capital recruited, trained, and employed in accordance with those driving factors.
Most capacity building interventions were, however directed at infrastructure, manpower, hardware and equipment up-gradation and lesser effort was put in to polish, groom, train and humanize the force. Thus, Police force became battle hardened but with insufficient professional expertise in various core policing areas; hence was found wanting to meet the expectations of a democratic, pluralistic, and rights conscious populace.
To cope with the above challenges, exhaustive deliberations were made and feedback was obtained from within the Department, members of civil society, academia, NGOs, process experts and security analysts to develop strategic goals in the light of ‘Policing by Objectives’ theory. We are also successfully implementing a comprehensive Strategic Framework to achieve the ultimate objective of winning public trust through better service delivery.
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