People need to feel safe.
A common issue, both in our cities and elsewhere, has been that people do not feel comfortable going to the police and, when they do, cannot rely on them for their services.
As Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, our police officers need to ensure the welfare of the people through “knowledge, discipline, professionalism, honesty, and integrity.”
These are the values that our police officers need to hold on to, as they provide this crucial service to the nation and its people.
Too often are police officers seen as corrupt and inefficient officials out to make a quick buck with total disregard for citizens and their woes.
This needs to change.
Not only must police officers be incentivised, but they should also understand that they are here to protect the people, and to offer an essential service.
They also need to understand that police officers have strict codes and moral standards which must always be upheld, and flouting these rules is unacceptable and will result in swift suspension or termination.
Much of the problem has been this: Too often police are allowed to get away with impunity. The system that many young officers find themselves in is corrupt from the get-go and, as such, this cannot be allowed to continue.
The police force is our first line of defence in the face of adversity. They need to make people feel safe.
And we have every reason to believe that they can and will.