Neighbourhood watch programs in Lahore

Here is something I was reading in the newspaper today. The Lahore Police, with the cooperation of general councillors, will set up a separate network for a neighbourhood watch programme, which is part of community policing.

What a wonderful idea if we can actually get it running and functioning properly. This is how Lahore of bygone years used to be. The community policed itself and there never was much of a need for a corrupt safety network.

They say that the “the programme entails citizens being watchful of their neighbourhoods and informing police about anything out of the ordinary.” Now, I don’t want to be a spoiler but on how many occasions is it that when someone does the right thing by informing the police, that person or persons get it trouble. And the kicker is that it is the police that they get in trouble with and not the crooks whom they informed on. That makes me doubt how successful this program would be.

You may read more of the story at: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20067\20\story_20-7-2006_pg13_3

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