Demands include helicopter squadron, funds, overtime pay, and recognition awards
Members of the police force placed several demands to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, including a helicopter squadron, allocating funds for deporting illegal foreigners and others.
The demands were placed in a conference during Police Week 2019 at Dhaka’s Rajarbagh Police Lines on Tuesday evening.
In conversation with the Dhaka Tribune, a number of police officials confirmed the issue.
They mentioned a demand was placed to the home boss that a helicopter squadron be established, with each division being given a helicopter.
A Deputy Inspector General demanded approval of overtime payment for police personnel who work more than eight hours a day.
Additionally, they mentioned the need to create a deportation centre for illegal foreigners, as well as allocating funds to ensure their return to their respective countries.
Other demands included: integrating the Department of Immigration and Passports under police jurisdiction, allocating at least one armoured personnel carrier (APC) in every district, offering allowance for members of traffic police and those working in the Rohingya camps, and several others.
In addition to recognition for the quick disposal of narcotics cases, a superintendent of police requested the introduction of recognition awards for those who recover huge amounts of narcotics, similar to those of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and the Department of Narcotics Control.
During the conference, Inspector General of Bangladesh Police Mohammad Javed Patwari warned dire consequences of any police official found involved with drugs or anything illegal.
After hearing the demands, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal assured police officials that those wouldall be put into consideration.
He also pledged to talk to the law minister about settling over 3.5 million cases thatare still pending.
“Many dream of becoming superintendents of police after passing their BCS exams. I have instructed the IGP to set provisions and setting the tenure of all SPs,” he said.
Police Week will conclude on February 8.