Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Javed Patwary has issued an order restricting the use of mobile phones by on-duty police personnel. Police officials on special duty also fall under the newly introduced restrictions.
The restriction order, signed by the IGP, was issued on March 15. However, there is a provision stating that if the operation order permits, police members on special duty will be allowed to use their mobile phones.
The order further read: “Police members assigned to all manner of operations and duties, including escort and VVIP duties, must follow this directive.”
Assistant Inspector General of Police Headquarters (AIG Media and PR) Soheli Ferdous said: “We issue operations order for special duties, which contains names of police member who will be on duty. When on-duty, only police members permitted to use a mobile phone in the order paper, will be allowed to use them.”
Citing an example, the AIG stated: “For example, a 10-member team is dispatched on a special duty. An order paper will be issued.
“Only those who have permission to use mobile phones will be able to use them. If someone from the team uses a mobile phone without permission, he or she will be charged with negligence of duty, and action will be taken against that person.”
Security analyst major general (retired) Abdur Rashid welcomed the move.
He said: “In many countries, restrictions are in place over the use of personal electronic devices while on duty. If someone is working, the person should not waste time on mobile phones.
“When someone refrains from using mobile phones on-duty and carries out his or her job properly, it helps create a suitable working environment.”
The order was issued based on observations that police members were using mobile phones while on duty, despite not having any emergencies or official reasons to do so.
The candid use of mobile phones is jeopardizing the personal safety of the police members and government properties.
Orders issued by Bangladesh Police are - on-duty personnel must follow instructions regarding mobile phone usage to the letter. Law enforcers on security detail must not use mobile phones unless there is an emergency.
Police members will refrain from taking selfies and photos, and must not post them on social media while on duty, and they must not play games, watch videos, listen to songs, use apps such as Facebook and Youtube and browse the internet while on duty.
On March 3, Professor Zafar Iqbal was attacked and critically injured during a program at Hazrat Shahjalal Science and Technology University (SUST).
Four police members were assigned to protect him, but two of them were busy with their mobile phones during the incident, resulting in their withdrawal.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com