'We want you to take strong punitive actions against drug abusers, suppliers, traders, producers, or whoever else is involved. And you must maintain good relations with mass people for that'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the police to give the people's basic and human rights and the rule of law highest importance while discharging their duties.
Addressing the passing-out parade of the 35th BCS batch of assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) at the Bangladesh Police Academy in Sarda, Rajshahi, she asked the law enforcers to gain people’s trust by providing proper service and humane attitude. "This is a must."
She directed the police personnel to show polite and sophisticated attitude towards women and children. "You must play the role of leaders in eliminating crimes from the society.”
The prime minister also asked the police force to fulfil the expectations of people.
Mentioning that the government has gained success in uprooting terrorism from the country, she said now drugs were pushing the society towards the path of destruction like a disease.
"We have to save the nation from this. For that, you will have to take special measures... We want you to take strong punitive actions against drug abusers, suppliers, traders, producers, or whoever else is involved. And you must maintain good relations with mass people for that.”
Hasina said she believed that the police force would be successful in eliminating the drugs from Bangladesh as they did in uprooting militancy.
During Wednesday’s event, the prime minister took salute and inspected the parade, before distributing medals among M Salman Farsi, Asma Akhter Sonia, and Mahbub Hossain for their outstanding performance in different fields of the course.
Earlier, upon her arrival at the Police Academy, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Inspector General of Police Mohammad Javed Patwary and the academy’s Principal Additional Inspector General Md Nazibur Rahman received her.
A total of 123 ASPs, including 18 women officers, participated in the basic training of the newly-recruited members of BCS Police cadre 35th batch.
Hasina urged the police to be more active in controlling new kinds of crimes at this time of fast-changing world. "You will have to be efficient, particularly in handling cybercrimes."
She said the government was committed to transforming Bangladesh Police into a smart, professional, efficient, and people-friendly force to fulfil the expectations of people.
For this purpose, she said, her government has been working to modernize the police force since 2009 to strengthen their capability and ensure their effective role in containing crimes.
Members of the police are being imparted training in various disciplines to make them more efficient on modern technology, she said.
About terrorism and militancy, the prime minister said her government had been able to contain such vices with an iron hand and the success of the police in this regard had highly been acclaimed not only at home but also in international arena.
She reiterated her firm stance that there would not be any room for terrorists, militants and drugs in Bangladesh.
She said the Bangladesh Police Academy in Sarda is being built as a “Centre of Excellence.” “For this, we are continuing reorganizing its organogram, increasing human resources, and the supply of necessary vehicles, equipment and logistics."
Hasina mentioned that modern classrooms, computer labs, language lab, forensic demonstration lab, driving and shooting simulators were playing a supporting role in providing time-befitting training.
Besides, the present government had established the Police Staff College to provide modern training to senior police officials.