February 15, 2013 -
The Sindh Police have determined that biometric systems will be installed at all police offices in the province in an effort to improve attendance amongst officers.
The first phase of installations will be in all training institutes, police headquarters, Sindh Reserve Police offices and Rapid Response Force offices. The second phase of installations will be at police stations across the Pakistani province.
According to a report in The Nation, Sindh Inspector General of Police Fayyaz Ahmed Laghari has directed officials to install human resource software and main the date of police officers and personnel across the province.
A committee has been formed to ensure the smooth delivery of this system and this committee will present a report within 15 days about the installation of the new biometric workforce management solution at units and central levels.
Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, last year, the Sindh Police set up a project to monitor all private security guards in the province, which entailed having them submit fingerprints for registration under the province’s automated fingerprint identification system.
Also last year, the Sindh Police and the National Database Registration Authority came to a very public impasse regarding access to fingerprint data. According to reports, Sindh Police authorities had been seeking access to NADRA’s comprehensive fingerprint data since early 2011.
In Pakistan, NADRA exists to index biometrics and issue national identity cards to citizens and has made headlines recently following a mandate that all of those selling SIM cards to fingerprint buyers, in an attempt to curb crime.