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Police commander reports drop in crime cases

Iran, Feb 9, IRNA -- Police Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said here Sunday that for the first time since formation of police organization, the trend of growth in crimes has reversed in the current Iranian year (started March 21, 2002).

"We have witnessed increasing crime rate every years since the formation of the police force, but, with preventive measures enforced the growth in crime cases have dropped this year," Qalibaf added.

He said this year theft cases were 151,149 showing some 9.7 percent drop throughout the country compared to the same period last year.

But, the number of street women and girls rounded-up by police is 14 percent higher than the figures registered last year.

Referring to the figures on narcotics seizure, he said the amount of drugs seized this year is 27 percent higher than what registered in the same period last year.

Over 12 tons of illicit drugs have been seized in last 10 month, of which 69 percent were nabbed in Sistan-Baluchestan, Khorassan and Kerman provinces, the police commander said.

Qalibaf said offense committed by police personnel is also lower in the recent years, adding "police is serious in clamping down on criminals."

Bribery constitutes 26 percent of all internal offenses in the national police force, he remarked.

Qalibaf said in January that special patrol units would be set up hortly to counter the criminals and offenders who are increasingly threatening the social order.

During a visit to the city of Zahedan, Qalibaf said the increasing number of rascals and offenders has turned into one of the worst problems in the metropolitan centers centers.

He said the police is well determined to counter all cases of offenses and necessary measures have been taken in this regard.

He went on to say that a survey conducted in Sistan and Baluchestan province showed that 96 percent of the people have supported the police in its policies as well as the police treatment of offenders.

Commenting on the security in Iran's borders, he said the border brigades established to guarantee the border security have proven very effective in reducing the cases of offense and crimes rates.

He said reinforcing the equipment of the border battalions was a top priority on the police agenda.

The formation of the border brigades was meant at preserving and promoting the security at the border and immunizing the border regions against the mischievous acts.

The police stepping up of the security measures began three years ago and it has produced very good results, he said adding that the brigades stationed at the border regions are charged with guaranteeing the security in the border areas.

Security as one of the most critical concerns of societies could not be established or guaranteed by the police forces or any other institution alone, he explained.

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