At the time of launching of Tourism Police on 31.01.2008, representatives of CII and other trade & Industry organisations lauded the efforts of local police and told that “Amritsar is an important tourist destination and also a transit point, where from international and national tourists make onward journey to various other places. Amritsar is emerging as a tourism hub and it is one of the most visited places in the world. Everyday around one lakh people visit this place. A large number of devotees from other sates of India as well as from the foreign countries come to pay obeisance to Harmandir Sahib and Durgiana Tirth. It is the need of hour to safeguard the interests of the Tourists as they face several problems related to transport, accommodations, getting tourism related information and many times they fall victims to cheats and touts losing their belongings and valuables.”
SSP Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh will personally supervise this 30 members squad led by Inspector Ramnish Kumar. The officers have been selected especially keeping in view the orientation and work requirement. Special training has been imparted to these officers in tourism management. The main objective of Amritsar Tourism Police, will be to avoid harassment to the tourists by touts, to help in getting transport and lodging at appropriate rate and without much hassle at Railway Station, Airport, Bus Terminal and other important tourist places, like Malls, Clubs etc. Safety and Security against Cheats and bag lifters at these places, to contain crime like, pick pocketing, eve teasing, molestation, drugging etc. and to provide information related to the city of Amritsar and other adjoining tourist Places. Gunbir Singh, President of CII Amritsar told at this occasion that Amritsar Tourism Police will be provided with complete information of Amritsar City, so that they can answer any query or any information about the city, Transports, Accommodations, Clubs, Theaters, etc. Amritsar Tourism Development Board is going to be set up with assistance from United Nations Tourism Development Programme.