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President to SSF: Ensure security of VVIPs keeping their PR aspects in mind

  • Published at 11:38 pm June 23rd, 2019
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President M Abdul Hamid cut a cake during the 33rd founding anniversary celebration of Special Security Force (SSF) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital on Sunday, June 23, 2019 PID

The president further added, SSF would earn appreciation if it could deliver its optimum professional services without creating any gap with the masses

President M Abdul Hamid has asked the elite Special Security Force (SSF) to maintain good relations, intense communication, and coordination with all associate agencies to ensure foolproof security to VVIPs, while attaching priority to their public relations issues.

“Consider the factor of a VVIPs public relations issues... always stay alert so that the common people don’t become victims of unnecessary harassment or sufferings while you are discharging your duties,” he said while addressing the force’s 33rd founding anniversary celebration at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital on Sunday, reports BSS.

He also said SSF personnel must keep in mind that they were entrusted with the task of providing security to “highly distinguished people”, and credit will go to them if they can ensure utmost professionalism while keeping the matter of public relations casual, and without creating any gap with the common people.

The president further added, SSF would earn appreciation if it could deliver its optimum professional services without creating any gap with the masses, and he added: “always keep two things in mind simultaneously — security, and the issue of public relations.”

He hoped that the elite force could build themselves as an efficient, and a time-befitting personnel, in terms of developed human resources, technological advancement, professionalism, and loyalty.

“Every SSF personnel should cope with emerging challenges of the changing time to provide security protection to VVIPs,” the president said.

He also recalled SSF’s contributions since its inception, saying this particular force has been working relentlessly with utmost professionalism by overcoming various challenges.

“The responsibility of providing foolproof security to the VVIPs has gradually become challenging due to Bangladesh’s political perspectives… including conspiracies of the anti-liberation forces, and international terrorism,” he mentioned.

SSF was called Presidential Security Force (PSF) when it was floated in 1986, and it was renamed subsequently when it was also tasked to provide security to the head of the government, and VVIP foreign dignitaries as well. The elite unit draws personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, and Ansar to provide VVIP security.

SSF Director General, Major General Md Majibur Rahman welcomed the president to the function. Earlier, the president attended a cultural programme followed by a dinner.

President’s wife Rashida Khanam, Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, secretaries from the Bangabhaban, and Prime Minister’s Office, high officials of the armed forces, among others, were present at the celebration program.