- Karachi police deploys armed rollerblading unit to cease avenue crime
- Farrukh Ali, chief of the unit, explains officers on rollerblades may extra simply chase thieves on bikes
- Power to initially have 20 personnel
KARACHI. An armed rollerblading unit has been deployed by the Karachi police to curb theft and harassment on town’s teeming streets.
Gliding in a circle with their weapons pointed inwards, and lifting and decreasing the weapons in unison, the 20-member unit clad in black undergoes rigorous coaching.
“We felt we needed to come up with an innovative approach to control street crime,” mentioned Farrukh Ali, chief of the unit, explaining that officers on rollerblades may extra simply chase thieves on bikes by town of 20 million.
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Ali conceded that rollerblading police couldn’t be deployed throughout many elements of Karachi because of the poor highway situations and uneven footpaths, however mentioned they might be despatched to public locations with the next incidence of theft and harassment.
“This is just the beginning,” mentioned Aneela Aslam, a policewoman on the unit. “This rollerblading will really benefit us. With this training, we can reach narrow alleys very quickly where it is usually difficult to go.”
Security considerations have been raised when preliminary footage of the Karachi unit’s coaching confirmed officers carrying heavier weapons, however Ali mentioned the unit would solely carry handguns, decreasing the chance of bullets ricocheting.
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The rollerblading police – who observe within the footsteps of comparable models in Europe and elsewhere – are anticipated to start formally subsequent month, however they have been just lately noticed exterior the venue of the Pakistan Tremendous League cricket event.
They usually have already begun patrolling Karachi’s bustling beachfront.
“Seeing them here in clean uniforms since the morning gives us a sense of security, as even in daytime, snatchings occur here,” mentioned pedestrian Muhammad Azeem.