Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the police force to provide proper service to people according to their expectation.
‘We want to see that our people get proper service from police and for this we are determined to make a smart, professional and people-friendly police force,’ she said.
The prime minister was addressing the passing-out parade of the 35th BCS batch of assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) at the Bangladesh Police Academy at Sarda.
She said the present government wants to ensure rule of law and justice to make the country’s progress sustainable. Role of police in this regard is very crucial, she said, adding that the government is making constant efforts to build a technologically efficient police force to meet the expectation.
She asked the new police officers for giving topmost priority to fundamental rights of the people, human rights and establishing rule of law while discharging their professional duties.
‘People always seek help from police when they are in troubles. You have to keep this in mind. You have to acquire their confidence through your humane behaviour,’ she said.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, inspector general of police (IGP) Jabed Patwari and principal of the academy Mohammad Najibur Rahman, among others, were present.
Cabinet members, PM’s advisers, parliament members, political leaders, and high civil and military officials were also present on the occasion.
Sheikh Hasina took salute, reviewed the parade by riding on an open jeep and distributed awards among the best probationary officers. A total of 123 ASPs, including 18 female ones, passed the course. Among them, Mahbul Hasan received the award of ‘Best Probationer’, Asma Akhter Sonia secured the ‘Best Academic Award’ and Md Salman Persi got the award of ‘Best Horsemanship’. Probationer ASP Saiful Islan Rana was the parade commander.
Mentioning various steps taken by her government for the development of Bangladesh Police force, the prime minister said some 46,000 posts were already created against the government announcement of creating 50,000 posts.
Sheikh Hasina said the works for creating new units are going on to enhance the capacity of the police force. Police ranges in Rangpur and Mymensingh have already been raised up for formation of Rangpur RRF, Women Armed Police Battalion, 12 Armed Police Battalion, new police stations, investigation centers and police posts.
Appreciating the role of police in combating terrorism, the prime minister said police will have to deal with drug more efficiently as it has posed a threat to whole society and destroying families.
Special drives should be taken against drug users, producers, suppliers and traders, she said, hoping that police must have to show their capacity to make the society free from drugs as they showed their competence in rooting out militancy and terrorism.
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