LAHORE - Inspector General Police Punjab Tariq Saleem Dogar has vowed to overcome gulf between the people and police by holding open courts to listen to the public grievances and announced to pay surprise visits to different police stations around the provinces. In the process, he would also organise open courts on every Saturday in different districts, while a monitoring system at the Central Police office (CPO) will ensure fruitful results of the initiative. He was addressing his first press conference as the IGP at CPO on Monday. Replying to a question about any breakthrough in the terrorist incidents at Liberty and Manawan, he said he had nothing much to share with the general public or reassure them. Investigations are under process and he will soon inform the media about developments in this regard. He said Punjab police were using all available resources to combat terrorism with the coordination of CID and other law enforcement agencies and soon would announce some 'good news in this regard. To another question, IGP Punjab said police could call Rangers to deal with any emergency as it was done in Mianwali. He said Punjab police was going to enter a new era with full determination to restore public confidence and eradicate crime. He hinted to bring about changes to transform the force down to the grass root level. My first priority is to change prevailing culture at police stations and the second one is to restore public confidence. For this purpose, the IGP said, all the Regional Police Officers (RPOs), CCPOs, District Police Officers (DPOs), DIGs, SPs, DSPs and even the SHOs had been asked not to sit idle and instead hold corner meetings and open courts at their offices as well as public places thrice a week for at least three hours. Strict directives were issued to develop a new equation with the people, he added. He said all officers had directed to convert their offices into service centres in the larger interest of the general people instead of using them as showcase of their authority. He promised that the CCPOs, RPOs and DPOs would also pay surprise visits to the police stations to closely monitor performance and redress the public complaints. For eradicating crimes from the society, he said committees were being constituted at the police station level, which would combat crime through public participation. Respectable people of the area would be members of such committees, as the police alone could not control crime alone. Provincial Police Officer (PPO) called upon policemen to serve the people in their respective areas by doing justice and protecting life and honour of the people at their doorsteps. He directed the SHOs to mend their behaviour while dealing with the people. He also vowed to carry out massive crackdown against criminals by discouraging pressure or influence from any quarter. He warned as the Punjab government had doubled the salaries of Punjab police, now they should prepare themselves for accountability too.