Fingerprint database of security guards set up in Karachi

A 2009 Allied Bank heist that involved private security guards in Karachi has caused the Sindh Police, who are responsible for policing in Karachi, to initiate a project to monitor private security guards.

Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari, Inspector General of the Sindh police, wants all private security guards to submit their fingerprints for registration under the automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS).

In Karachi alone, there are about 20,000 private security guards employed by 50 security companies. The first phase of the project will register about 1,500 guards posted to banks and other financial institutions. The first phase has already identified 15 guards with criminal records. Security firms have been informed so that they can take appropriate action.

To fast track the completion of the project, the All Pakistan Security Agencies Association (APSAA) has been tasked to coordinate information transfer between the security firms and the police’s forensic division.

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