[IN PICTURES] Police in Karachi don roller-blades on to catch the city’s criminals
The Police in Karachi are deploying an armed rollerblading unit to curb theft and harassment on the metropolis’ teeming streets.
Gliding smoothly in a circle with their weapons pointed inwards and lowering and lifting the guns in unison, the 20-member unit dressed in black undergoes rigorous training.
“We sensed we needed to come up with an innovatory approach to control street crime,” said Farrukh Ali, the chief of the unit.
Ali explained that officers on rollerblades could more easily chase thieves on motorcycles through the city of over 20 million.
Ali admitted that rollerblading police could not be deployed across many parts of the metropolis due to uneven footpaths and poor road conditions.
Nevertheless, Ali confirmed that the cops would be sent to public places with a higher incidence of theft harassment.
“This is just the beginning,” expressed Aneela Aslam, a policewoman on the unit.
“This rollerblading will indeed benefit us. With this training, we can even reach narrow alleys swiftly where it is usually tough to go.”
Safety concerns were brought up when initial footage of the Karachi unit’s training displayed officers carrying heavier weapons.
However, Ali said the unit would only carry handguns, decreasing the risk of bullets ricocheting.
The rollerblading police – who follow in the steps of similar units in Europe and elsewhere – are anticipated to begin officially next month.
However, they were recently spotted outside the National Stadium, where the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches are currently being held.
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Moreover, they have already begun patrolling Karachi’s bustling beachfront.
“Seeing the rollerblading police here in clean uniforms since the morning gives us a sense of security, as even in daylight, snatchings occur here,” said pedestrian Muhammad Azeem.
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