Islamabad Police have introduced a ‘mounted patrol unit’ for the safety of hundreds of local and foreign men, women, and children who visit the federal capital’s trails daily for hiking and recreational purposes. The Patrol unit will be using horses to make their rounds around the Margalla hills.
Islamabad Police say the mounted patrol unit with policemen on horsebacks was launched on June 22 this year and its personnel can now be seen on duty.
#Islamabad’s hiking trails are one of the most attractive natural landscapes in the federal capital. Now a mounted patrolling unit – @ICT_Police on horseback – can be seen on duty, keeping the capitals parks and trails safe.
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“We wanted to increase our security surveillance, so that’s why we came up with the idea of introducing a trained horse mounted squad for Margalla Hills and recreational areas such as parks,” ASP Beenish Uzair told the media.
Ishfaq Ahmed, a constable from the new police unit, said officers would patrol the city’s hiking trails and the F-9 park and also answer distress calls on the police emergency hotline, 15.
“We are deployed on patrolling duty on Trails 5 and 3, and the F-9 park,” Ahmed said. “During patrolling, whenever we receive a call through 15, we move immediately to reach there and sort the issue.” Most complaints, he said, were about purse and mobile theft and to prevent incidents related to harassment of women.
This initiative is being implemented in order to assure safety and vigilance in the capital.