DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia issued the order to police high officials and unit chiefs through a letter on Monday
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has instructed field-level police officers not to use their mobile phones when on duty.
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia issued the order to police high officials and unit chiefs through a letter on Monday, November 5.
According to the letter, it has been observed that many police officers are using their personal mobile phones to chat, watch videos, and browse the internet when duty. This is risky behaviour as miscreants may potentially attack police and grab their firearms while the officers are distracted.
As a result, the in-charges of police teams have been instructed to ensure that no on-duty police officer uses their mobile phone, the letter said.
DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune: “We had issued a similar order (instructing police officers not to use their mobile phones) before. Sometimes we remind them about the instruction. Police officers must always be alert when on duty.”
The DMP commissioner’s letter made the deputy commissioner, additional deputy commissioner, assistant commissioner, officer-in-charge, and unit chiefs responsible for ensuring that no police officer carries their phone out from the police line, station, or outpost when heading out for duty with their unit.
The order also said only the team-in-charge can use a mobile phone when there are a low number of officers on duty, while both the in-charge and deputy in-charge may use mobile phones if a large number of officers were deployed.
The DC, ADC, AC, OC and unit chief will frequently remind police officers not to use mobile phones when on duty, for the interest of their own safety, through roll calls.
Occasionally, senior officers will conduct spot checks to see if any police personnel has a mobile phone when on duty.
Any official who violates the instruction will face strict punitive measures, the letter warned.