At least 26,399 officers and officials will be deployed as part of a security blanked to guard Independence Day celebrations. Aerial firing, fireworks and the violation of the loud-speaker act will not be tolerated, said Punjab Police Inspector General Dr Syed Kaleem Imam while giving directives to senior police officers on Friday. The top cop directed all senior officers to devise plans for patrolling squads as well as a special motorcycle squad that would perform their duties in shifts and would take prompt action against violators. The inspector general also directed district police officers (DPOs) of sensitive districts to lay out the security plan for A-category ceremonies under their supervision and ensure implementation of security-relevant SOPs. He also ordered strict action against one-wheeling. On the occasion, Assistant Inspector General (Operations) Imran Mehmood told the provincial police chief that 26,399 officers and officials, including 245 SPs and DSPs, 530 inspectors, 3,495 sub-inspectors and ASIs, 18,012 constables and head constables and 4,392 volunteers, would perform security duty. He added that 142 walk-through gates, 2,942 metal detectors and more than 1,000 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras would be installed for security purpose. The IG also ordered officers to ensure security of public places, parks across the province. He said that patrolling hours of Dolphin and PERU would also be increased, while strict security arrangements would be made for security of parking areas so that citizens could celebrate 71st Impendence Day without any fear. Meanwhile, the inspector general held an open court at Central Police Office wherein he listened to the grievance of the general public and ordered officers concerned to resolve their issues. AIG (complaints) Ali Javed Malik and PS to inspector general Afzaal Ahmed Kausar were also present. The Punjab IG directed DIG (Welfare) to recruit the son of a late police official under the family quota. He ordered the AIG (investigation) to probe the murder case of a complainant from Okara. Besides, the top cop ordered the AIG (complaints) to take departmental action against the officers over negligence. He said that complainants could contact him directly to get their problems solved. Published in Daily Times, August 11th 2018.