University of Peshawar (UOP) and Peshawar Police signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide university students with internship opportunities at the police department. The Peshawar Police is now supposed to hire students from the UOP Department of Social Work as internees.

The contract was made in an MOU signing ceremony at the University of Peshawar. In the formal meeting between Vice-Chancellor UOP Dr. Mohammad Idrees and Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Abbas Ahsan, an MOU was signed on the behalf of both organizations.

The purpose of this MOU is to give students relevant exposure to the field. Apparently, it is aimed at letting the students of Social Work have some practical experience of dealing with day-to-day issues faced by people in our society. The students will be hired at different police stations and they will do some fieldwork so that they are able to serve in the society with better preparation.

Students have already been selected for the internship. Initially, there are 30 students who will work at police stations, and then the number might increase based upon the feasibility. The purpose of this MOU is also to project a better image of police among youth and common people. In Pakistan, people see police as a department that can do anything with force. Instead of considering them their saviors, people are afraid of police officers. This contract might also help in mitigating that image of the police. It was discussed in the meeting that the police will use the skills and energies of young students to promote the goodwill of the department so that the confidence of the public in the police is regained. Students will also be allowed to carry out their researches in the field utilizing their time for maximum learning.

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Ayesha Areej is a staff writer at The Academia Magazine

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