In a country as diverse and dynamic as Pakistan, community policing is not just a strategy but a necessary paradigm shift that emphasizes collaborative efforts, community engagement, and proactive problem-solving to address the unique challenges faced by localities. Despite a widespread inclination to adopt it, the community policing concept in Pakistan has neither been properly understood nor implemented. Lack of proper understanding of the concept of community policing, a culture of reactive policing, resource constraints, diversity issues, and challenges in measuring effectiveness have prevented community policing initiatives from yielding impactful results.

There are diverse strata of religious, ethnic, sectarian, socio-economic and cultural sub-communities. Moreover, vulnerable groups, including women and children, slum-dwellers, internally or temporarily displaced persons, etc., have peculiar needs and pose challenges in the context of policing. These groups are marginalized or discriminated against within society, and lack access to justice or legal resources, leaving them vulnerable to forms of crime such as theft, harassment, violence, and trafficking.

Recognizing this, the National Police Bureau (NPB) introduces the Community Policing Unit (CPU) as an integral component of its commitment to enhancing public safety and fostering stronger ties between law enforcement and communities. Through inclusive policy development, advocacy, training, and legal support, the unit aims to enhance public safety, foster trust, improve cultural sensitivity, and actively involve the community in crime prevention initiatives to build more resilient communities.