- IAWP awards Sonia for innovative policing strategies
- Police officer known for his efforts to prevent gender violence.
- He also served as SSP Chitral; established complaint cell.
PESHAWAR: Battagram District Police Officer and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sonia Shamroz Khan earned international recognition for her services after receiving the ‘Officer of the Year’ award from the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) in Auckland, New Zealand.
The award given to Khan is due to her exceptional contributions to law enforcement, innovative policing strategies and her unwavering dedication to preventing violence against women throughout her career.
The police earlier served as DPO Chitral where among its various achievements, establishing a complaint cell to register complaints against forced marriages remains notable as it played a pivotal role in combating these issues.
Khan, while talking toGeographic news, dedicated his award to the victims of gender discrimination and the hard-working police officers, who did their duty against all odds. She highlighted that policewomen have been working hard to ensure peace and security.
The officer said she had always considered cultural values and sensitivities during her work, which gave a boost to reporting crimes against women.
Earlier, DPO Khan said, women in the remote Battagram district, where she was serving as DPO, would not seek police help, but now the situation has changed.