Khanpur (Punjab): Punjab government on Sunday launched the Night Policing Scheme (NPS) comprising 4,000 police personnel and an independent cadre and command structure. Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal flagged-off a contingent of night patrolling vehicles and inaugurated the Highway Patrol Centre and Khanpur 'T' point in Khanpur.
    
Interacting with the reporters, Badal said that NPS is aimed at augmenting and strengthening the deployment of police personnel, through the usage of modern technology during night hours in cities and towns of the state. Badal added that the NPS will also focus on the national and state highways and major roads crisscrossing the state, mainly to instill a sense of security among the citizens.
    
Coverage of NPS would extend to all entry and exit points, vulnerable points, sensitive institutions and outlying residential colonies of all cities and major towns, he said.

The Deputy Chief Minister also said that prevention and control of street crime which directly affects citizens, especially women and senior citizens, was a major challenge in the recent past.
    
Explaining key objectives of NPS, Badal expressed confidence that it would give a fillip to night commerce and trade, provide a security umbrella to restaurants, roadside eateries, street-hawkers, industrial labourers and other night shift workers such as doctors, nurses, call-centre employees,
toll-barrier and excise barrier employees and others.

(Agencies)

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