“Our mission is to win the confidence of fellow citizens and to inculcate the spirit of public friendly policing with community participation”. Realizing the need of the day, Islamabad Police has introduced the Rescue 15 project for the convenience of the public. This project is on the lines similar to Rescue services implemented around the world. It is equipped with all modern communication gadgets and Rescue facilities. Entire expenditure for its establishment was incurred by the philanthropist organization and therefore no extra burden was levied on Government exchequer.
We proudly declare that Islamabad Capital Police is pioneer in rescue services in Pakistan Police Department. The idea conceives and executed by Mr Nasir Khan Durrani and then Senior Superintendent of Islamabad Police and was inaugurated by Lt Gen (Retd) Moin-Ud-Din Haider, Minister for Interior on 17-02-2000. Initially Rescue 15 had three vehicles and 10 motor cycles of 250cc and one ambulance which is now reached to 14 vehicles, 2 motor cycles of 500cc, two ambulances and many other hardware resources. This project is a unique example of police public partnership and it is working effectively.
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This is the most important section where people make phone calls in an emergency. The section is responsible for getting full information of the incident/emergency and passing on directions to the concerned staff through wireless communication section. An average of 6000 to 8000 calls is received in the centre. 80% to 90% calls pertain to general information.
The centre caters for all types of emergencies including medical, fire, major power and gas breakdown, etc. police officers personally attend to cases of robbery, accidents, hooliganism, while for the rest they coordinate with the departments concerned. On receipt of information police mobiles reach the spot with in 05 minutes. There are 10 emergency help line numbers are working round the clock.
If there is any problem in registration of first information report (fir) regarding any incident in the respective police station, complaint can be lodged in the rescue centre at any time. A copy of the fir is provided to the complainant within 24 hours.
This unit is responsible for verifying record of suspected and stolen vehicles and to issue a certificate of clearance to the applicants.
The centre coordinates for missing people and children lost or found in collaboration with other social workers/ departments (such as edhi etc.)
In case of medical emergency, the centre coordinates and helps in arranging ambulance service, providing emergency life saving drugs, shifting the patients to hospitals. In this unit there are 3 doctors, 6 Para medical staff and 2 ambulances with first aid equipment. The doctors provide first aid guidance on telephone in case of emergency. They also accompany the ambulance when required.
The centre has a comprehensive directory of blood donors of Islamabad. Whenever some member of the blood donors club requires blood he/she is immediately put to the nearest donor member of the same blood group.
In order to introduce the culture of modern security gadgets in houses and business places, this centre is also giving a back up facility to the security companies through linking up their system with rescue 15.
The in charges of the centre are law graduates. They help the public by extending free legal advice on police related legal issues.
The centre provides information / guidance on security matters and also works as coordination centre for 'safe home scheme' and car safety plan'.
The officer is responsible for attending the public visiting the centre and providing necessary information. He is also required to register complaints.
This mobile unit comprises of crime scene officer (CSO). It is responsible for cordoning crime scene and to preserve and collect the physical evidence available on the spot. It passes the information to forensic lab and criminal investigation unit (ciu) of police station. The staff got special training from police college SIHALA
The urban area of Islamabad has been divided into 23 beats with specific area of responsibility. In every beat there is either one patrol car or pair of 2 motorcycles. The beat officers are fully conversant with the geography and maximum 5 minutes response time has been achieved. There are standing instructions that in case of a call if there is no other emergency, the adjacent patrol car or the motorcycle riders are also to reach the place of call. The mobile staff during shift is directed to visit the business places and residential quarters to brief the public on security matters. They have also been motivated to do some social work like helping the children and aged in crossing the roads, assisting the commuters in case of break down of their vehicles and other such like activities. They have to submit their daily performance report about the social work done during the shift. The officer showing out standing performance during a month is declared “the best cop of the month” and awarded cash prize for motivation and encouragement.
This section is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of transport, equipments and supervision of personnel on duties.
The armed response unit comprises of well trained snipers. It remains static at fixed points and moves only on the directions of the DSP In charge and Addl. SP to foil serious incidents of encountering/firing.
The centre has also one recovery vehicle, which can be used in case of break down of vehicles on the road. This service is available on payment. Similarly the centre has a Mobile Forensic Lab and Bomb Disposal Squad and in case of any requirement they can provide technical assistance.
Staff employed in the centre is volunteers and selected from the entire lot for their dedication and motivation. They are well trained in rescue operations, sniper firing and first aid help.