Dhaka, Jan 29: Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the police to reach their services to people’s doorsteps to boost their confidence on the law enforcement agencies.
‘You have to reach police services to the people’s doorsteps to achieve their confidence because people’s assistance is solely required to face any disaster or to curb terrorism. Make sure that people can feel comfort getting police beside them in any danger,’ she said.
She also asked the police force to discharge duties and responsibilities with the highest professionalism and sympathy to build the Sonar Bangladesh free from poverty and hunger as envisioned by the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The prime minister was addressing the passing-out parade-2023 of assistant superintendents of police of 38th BCS batch as the chief guest at the Bangladesh Police Academy in Rajshahi’s Sardah.
She mentioned that the technology was flourishing across the globe with its positive and negative impacts.
Her government transformed Bangladesh into a digital country and the terrorism, extremism, money laundering, cybercrime, human trafficking, drug, corruption and other organised crimes were also appearing at the advent of newer technologies, she said.
‘The role of our police in every sector has helped contain organised crimes particularly the terrorism and militancy,’ she said.
The prime minister asked the fresh officers to work with efficiency like their seniors in curbing such organised crimes referring to the success of resisting the Holy Artisan Attacks with sacrificing lives by two police personnel.
She said that Bangladesh Police had acclaimed eulogy at home and abroad particularly from the United Nations for their praiseworthy role in the peacekeeping missions.
The PM thanked the police personnel for their contribution to contain crimes alongside extending cooperation, support and services to the distressed people in any disaster, referring to their role during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sheikh Hasina reiterated that her government was going to turn the police force into smart police alongside making Bangladesh’s administration, economy and people smart as part of her government initiative to transform Bangladesh into developed, prosperous and smart Bangladesh by 2041.
‘We want to build a smart police force. Our target is that the police force will run keeping pace with the time,’ she said.
The prime minister described the fresh officers as companions of the government in its journey towards the development and prosperity of the country.
‘So, you have to formulate time-worthy working strategies and work with efficiency to make the journey towards prosperity easier,’ she said.
The prime minister said that Bangladesh was on the highway of development due to her government’s tireless efforts in the last 14 years for which Bangladesh has attained the developing nation’s status.
Her government was working to transform Bangladesh into a developed one by 2041 maintaining all the achievements, she said.
She also said that her government has implemented the Delta Plan-2100 to continue the country’s progress to make sure that Bangladesh will never falls behind.
The premier said, ‘You (police force) will discharge your required duties to reach the benefits of the independence to every people’s doorstep in helping run the country with the spirit of the Liberation War.’
On her arrival near the saluting dais, the prime minister was received by home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, senior secretary of Public Security Division Md Aminul Islam Khan, inspector general of police Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun and principal of Bangladesh Police Academy Abu Hasan Muhammad Tarique
She was also given a guard of honour by a smartly turned out police contingent.
Ministers, parliament members, diplomats of different countries, high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
The premier inspected a splendid passing out parade riding on an open car on the academy parade ground.
She also took state salute and distributed medals to the best probationary ASPs.
ASP Yakub Hossain conducted the parade as the parade commander while probationary ASP Shuvro Deb as assistant parade commander.
As many as 97 probationary ASPs, including 12 female ones, took part in the one-year long training. The probationers have also got the certificate of master’s degree in police science from Rajshahi University.
Among the trainees, ASP Md Jahangir Kabir received the Best Academic award, ASP Md Sazzadur Rahman Best Horsemanship award, ASP Shuvro Deb Best in Field Probationer award, while ASP Md Russell Rana Best Shooter award and ASP Md Sakibul Alam Bhuiyan Best Probationer award.
The premier also cut a cake marking the passing out parade of the ASP’s 38th BCS batch, planted a sapling of a Joytun tree, signed on the visitors’ book and joined a photo session with the trainees.