Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday lauded the role of police in eradicating terrorism from the country and maintaining law and order.
Addressing the passing out parade of the 48th Specialized Training Programme of Police Service of Pakistan at National Police Academy (NPA), the premier paid tribute to the immense sacrifices rendered by the police force in the line of duty.
PM Shehbaz expressed the confidence that the police would live up to the expectations of people and would never refrain from any sacrifice to maintain law and order.
He emphasized setting up a counter-terrorism centre and forensic laboratory in the capital and urged working out a project in this regard.
The prime minister said that a Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and Punjab Science Agency were role model departments, which needed to be replicated in other parts of the country.
He congratulated the cadets who achieved awards in their professional field and also expressed satisfaction over the contribution of women police force towards the national development.
PM Shehbaz urged the cadets to demonstrate dedication, professionalism and commitment in their field.
"The government despite financial constraints will provide funds to Islamabad police to enhance its professional capacity," the premier said.
PM Shehbaz announced that the adjacent vacant land to the NPA would be transferred in the name of academy by this evening.
He also announced to raise the salaries of faculty and staff of the academy at par with other police training institutions.
The prime minister congratulated the graduating officers and their parents.
He also lauded the staff of the academy for imparting the required skills to all police officers.
Speaking on the occasion, Commandant National Police Academy Allah Dino Khawaja said 24 officers including seven lady officers passed out from the academy.
He said those officials who were passing out had been imparted training as per modern policing techniques and urged them to serve people professionally.
"Training of young officers has been designed to be academically challenging and physically rigorous to prepare them for leading modern police forces in 21st century," the NPA's commandant said.
He said that officers had been given thorough exposure of forensic science, cyber-crime, public order duties, investigations and operations.
The prime minister distributed shields and medals among the officers who secured distinction during the course.
Earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif inspected the smartly turned out contingent of the parade.