Karachi, February 23
Police in Pakistan’s largest metropolis, Karachi, is deploying an armed rollerblading unit to curb theft and harassment on its teeming streets.
Gliding in a circle with their weapons pointed inwards, and lifting and decreasing the weapons in unison, the 20-member unit clad in black undergoes rigorous coaching.
“We felt we needed to come up with an innovative approach to control street crime,” stated Farrukh Ali, chief of the unit, explaining that officers on rollerblades may extra simply chase thieves on bikes by the town of 20 million.
Ali conceded that rollerblading police couldn’t be deployed throughout many components of Karachi due to the poor highway situations and uneven footpaths, however stated they might be despatched to public locations with a better incidence of theft and harassment.
“This is just the beginning,” stated Aneela Aslam, a policewoman on the unit. “This rollerblading will really benefit us. With this training, we can reach narrow alleys very quickly where it is usually difficult to go.”
Safety considerations had been raised when preliminary footage of the Karachi unit’s coaching confirmed officers carrying heavier weapons, however Ali stated the unit would solely carry handguns, lowering the chance of bullets ricocheting.
The rollerblading police – who comply with within the footsteps of comparable items in Europe and elsewhere – are anticipated to start formally subsequent month, however they had been lately noticed exterior the venue of the Pakistan Super League cricket event.
And they’ve already begun patrolling Karachi’s bustling beachfront.
“Seeing them here in clean uniforms since the morning gives us a sense of security, as even in daytime, snatchings occur here,” stated pedestrian Muhammad Azeem.—Reuters