Islamabad Traffic Police
|Islamabad Traffic Police|
|Formed||January 28, 2006|
|Operations jurisdiction||Islamabad, Pakistan|
|Governing body||Capital Territory Police|
|General nature||• Local civilian agency|
|Sworn members||709 (28 January 2006)|
|Elected officer responsible||
|Data for organization as at December, 2009.|
Islamabad Traffic Police is a "model traffic police force" formed under the Capital Territory Police in 2006 to "bring a new and healthy change in the traffic system" in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. The Police Department was established on the pattern of an earlier success story in Pakistan, National Highways and Motorways Police (NH&MP) which was established in 1997. The Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) came of age between 2007 - 2010 and came to be known as a corruption free and equal application of law police organization. Mr. Sultan Azim Temuri, Senior Superintendent of Police, and Mr. Ashfaq Ahmad Khan, Superintendent of Police, are considered the two pioneering officers of the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) who provided police leadership in the planning, organization, development and sustainability of this widely acclaimed police organization. The organization was awarded ISO 9001: 2008 certification on 23 June 2009 for introducing state of the art Driver's License, First Police Radio Station, ITP FM 92.4 headed by Mrs Aisha Jamil, the new laws of prohibition on using mobile phone while driving and the wearing of seat-belt while driving, and client-oriented policing service in Pakistan. Hallmark of this traffic police department is that Rule of Law prevails on the roads of Islamabad, and Driver's Licenses are issued to only the qualified drivers after through testing of driving ability and medical fitness. The organization also has a Traffic Theme Park and Drving School for the education of school kids and driving training to the aspirants. Eversince the ITP took over the control in Islamabad, the incidents of road accidents have decreased, and drivers are seen wearing seat belts and avoiding to use mobile phone while driving, indicators of rule of law hardly seen in many other cities of Pakistan and other developing countries of South Asia and world as a whole. The police force is responsible for the enforcement of laws [traffic rules], education of traffic laws to the community, issuance of driver' licenses to qualified drivers, advice to the Capital Development Authority (CDA)on road Engineering issues, and regulation of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on highways, avenues and roads of Islamabad and is rated as second corruption free police organization in Pakistan, after National Highways and Motorways Police. The department is, however, unable to enforce a system of points for traffic violations, and only levies monetary fines to the vilators, thus deterrent effects on violators have not been produced.
- Education/ Awareness in educational institution and other non-professional and non-professional organizations.
- Mass awareness about road safety through a well decorated float established on 20 wheels trailer.
- Radio program.
- Distribution of hand bills and pamphlets at roads along with briefing.
- Road safety awareness walks.
- Speech competition.
- Road safety seminar.
- Road safety gala.
Equal implementation of law
In July, 2009 the Islamabad Traffic Police issued a ticket to the son of prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, for violating traffic rules thus maintaining their commitment to ensure equal implementation of law in the capital city. Over the last many years, the ITP has fined hundred of VIPs, Civil Servants, Army and Police officers, Parliamentarians, Judges and Journalists and proved its slogan of equal application of law.
- "Pakistan launches model traffic police in Islamabad". Xinhua News Agency. January 28, 2006.
- "PM's Son Gets Ticket for Traffic Violation". The News International. Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-06.