HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF PC
The District Armed Reserves remained more or less static since independence. Government of Punjab created Punjab Reserve Police in 1972 with the following sanctioned strength:
The strength of PRP was gradually increased from time to time and by 1981 was as under:
The strength was enhanced to 5000 with its contingents at Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan & Gujranwala.
In 1986, PRP was reorganized and renamed as “Punjab Constabulary”. A separate Anti-riot Force was raised as a unit of Punjab Police. Purpose was to build capacity of police and reduce its dependence on rangers/army.
The level of command was upgraded from DIG to the Addl: IGP on 27-02-2006. Now PC is a borrowing agency where police officials from the rank of Constable to Inspector are sent by the districts and regions for 02 years. On completion of said period, they are repatriated to their parent districts and regions subject to provision of substitutes.