Climate Emergencies Policing Unit (CEPU)
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Climate change presents an escalating and imminent threat to communities around the globe, resulting in increasing frequency and severity of climate-related disasters. Pakistan, in particular, is among the top 10 countries most affected by the devastating impacts of climate change. Apart from other threats, climate change has also triggered new challenges in public safety in the form of climate disaster-induced crimes like trafficking in persons, smuggling and exploitation of internally displaced migrants, smuggling of restricted goods, fraudulent disaster aid schemes, land grabbing and property fraud, utility theft and infrastructure sabotage etc.

Recent police engagements in the unfolding climate crises in Pakistan have underscored the need for proactive and specialized law enforcement responses to climate-induced and environmental crimes. Recognizing the police's pivotal role in managing and responding to climate-induced emergencies, including evacuations, search-and-rescue relief efforts, and public safety, the National Police Bureau has therefore, established the "Climatic Emergencies Policing Unit" (CEPU). The unit is mandated to perform the following functions:


      1. Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment to identify specific challenges and gaps in climate emergency response within law enforcement agencies;
      2. Collaborate with government organizations, international partners, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders, to identify best practices and solicit recommendations for the improvement of existing mechanisms;
      3. Develop SOPs and guidelines for police organizations to support relevant government and civil society organizations in safeguarding the public from climate-induced emergencies and environmental crimes;
      4. Formulate and recommend policies and strategies that integrate technology with climate emergency management and environmental protection within law enforcement agencies;
      5. Engage in research and innovation to identify environmental crimes and develop new approaches for climate emergency management.
      6. Organize training sessions for capacity building of police organizations across Pakistan, to effectively respond to climate-related disasters, enforce environmental laws, and address environmental crimes;
      7. Implement monitoring and evaluation systems to assess the effectiveness of climate emergency response measures and adjust strategies as needed;