Islamabad - Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid yesterday said stress, anger and pressure management courses of police officials would help improve their performance, reduce crimes and improve law and order.

Addressing the concluding ceremony of two-week training of trainers (psychologists) of Punjab police on `Stress and Anger Management,’ he said helping police officials to minimize impacts of stress, would not only allow them to concentrate on duties of protecting people, but also reduce the public complaints and anger.

The minister appreciated the efforts of the organizers Pakistan Peace Collective (PPC), a project of the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, with the assistance provided by Brig (Retd) Moaddat Rana.

Such initiatives for the training of officials should also be emulated by other provinces, he added.

He said the issues of terrorism and extremism is not only accumulating additional burden and pressure on the law enforcement agencies but also psychologically impacting the minds of the people in the society.

He said such courses would definitely contribute towards eliminating terrorism and extremism.

The minister also appreciated Punjab Police’s initiative of holding anger management trainings of police officials. The Information Minister stressed the need of instilling moral and ethical values as well as respect for law among children as part and parcel of their training so that they could become better citizens and play their positive role in betterment of society. The minister distributed certificates among the participants of two-week long Training of Trainers (Psychologists) of Punjab Police on `Stress and Anger Management’.

The seven psychologists serving in seven different Police Training Centres of Punjab had been trained about guiding Police officials in managing stress and anger to improve their performance. The two-week training course started on October 12 to October 23, had been designed by Brig (R) Moaddat Rana, who dealt identical counseling service and training during his career in the past.

The course contents included lectures, presentations, discussions and exercises for the participants.

The trainers had been educated on how to identify causes and how to ascertain solutions for managing stress and anger due to long duty hours, overwork, lack of resources to perform duty, low income, family pressures, public behaviour, cumbersome judicial procedures, political pressures, attitudes of seniors, increasing crimes rate and war against terrorism.

Additional IG Police Punjab Usman Khattak thanked the minister for attending the workshop. He said the seven trainers were selected on merit.