PESHAWAR: A new tourist police force was formally set up Thursday to provide greater security and service to tourists in the scenic areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The launch ceremony took place at the Arena Hall of the Qayyum Sports Complex in Peshawar, a press release said.
Chief guests were Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KPCTA) General Manager Muhammad Abid Khan Wazir and Tourist Police Commandant Gul Saeed Khan Afridi, while KPCTA Director Yusuf Ali, Planning and Marketing General Manager Hayat Ali Shah, Deputy Commandant Shaukat Ali and others attended the event. ceremony.
About 182 out of 200 recruits from different areas received the uniforms and shoes of the tourist police, who will undergo a two-day training.
Speaking on the occasion, General Manager Abid Wazir said that the tourism police officers will show exemplary character and manners in helping and interacting with tourists in the scenic areas of the province.
He said the young police officers recruited in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are creating a positive image for the province to better serve foreign and local tourists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He added that the Tourism Police will have to contribute to the roster of forces known for their services, such as Rescue 1122, to people in times of trial.
Tourist Police Commander Gul Said Afridi, in his speech, praised the enthusiasm and zeal of the recruits and urged them to prepare for outstanding work in order to set a high example of courage, service and self-sacrifice to other provinces and tourists from other countries.
He said the recruits would be sent to Swat, Chitral, Abbottabad and Mansehra after training.
He said that after the tourist season, the tourism police will receive additional training to empower them and equip them with the latest skills to better serve tourists and visitors in the province’s scenic attractions.
The official said that the personnel will be provided with motorcycles, pickup trucks, communications equipment and B69MM pistols and will be sent to the picturesque places of the province to serve.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had previously approved the establishment of a tourist police force following the directives of Chief Minister Mahmoud Khan.
District-level tourist police officers were recruited from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police on a delegation basis, while constables and other officers were recruited on an original basis.
The Tourism Police will operate as a special unit of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cultural and Tourism Authority (KPCTA).