Syed Raza Hassan (Syed Raza Hassan)
Karachi, Pakistan (Reuters)-Police in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, are deploying armed inline-wheel units to deter theft and harassment on overcrowded streets.
This 20-member unit wearing black uniforms brandished weapons to point to the inner circle, raised and lowered guns in unison, and received rigorous training.
The head of the department, Farrukh Ali, said: “We think we need to come up with an innovative way to control street crime,” he explained. The police wearing inline skates can make it easier. Pursue 20 million thieves riding motorcycles.
Ali admitted that due to poor road conditions and uneven sidewalks, it is impossible to deploy roller skating police in many areas of Karachi, but he said they will be sent to public places with a high incidence of theft and harassment.
Aneela Aslam, a policewoman in the department, said: “This is just the beginning.”
When the initial footage of Karachi troops training showed police officers carrying heavier weapons, it caused security concerns, but Ali said the troops only carried pistols, thus reducing the risk of bullet theft.
The faltering police-following in the footsteps of similar forces in Europe and other regions-is expected to officially start next month, but was recently spotted outside the Pakistan Premier League Cricket Championship.
They have begun patrolling the bustling waterfront of Karachi.
Pedestrian Muhammad Azeem said: “Since morning, seeing them here in clean uniforms gives us a sense of security. Even during the day, robberies will occur here.”
(Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Karishma Singh)