President M Abdul Hamid on Tuesday instructed police personnel to ensure that no service seekers are harassed in any way as he addressed a ceremony marking “Police Week 2022” virtually from Bangabhaban.
“When ordinary people are in trouble, they come to you for legal services. You will listen very carefully to their problems and grievances and will never hesitate to provide them (the aggrieved persons) with legal services sincerely”, did he declare.
Police Week 2022, launched on January 23, is celebrated under the basic theme “Skilled Police, Prosperous Country, Bangladesh of Bangabandhu”.
The President added, “You will stand with the people as ‘friends’. Be human policemen and take responsibility by providing services to the people and gaining their trust to become a real force.”
The Head of State called on the police force to work for the welfare of the country and its people with patriotism, honesty and dedication, imbued with the spirit of the Great War of Liberation.
Noting that the government is striving to make the Bangladesh Police a useful force in a modern and developed country, he said that with the spread of information technology (IT), access to police services has also been facilitated.
“Moreover, new units have already been formed to provide time worthy of policing. As a result, policing activities will be more vibrant and people will easily get better policing,” he hoped.
The president insisted on more involvement of people in community policing and beat the police by mentioning that it was not possible for the police alone to eliminate crime from society.
“You must make sincere efforts to make the Bangladeshi police a ‘people friendly police and a human police,’ he said emphatically.
Mentioning that the incumbent government is striving to make Bangladesh a developed country by 2041, President Hamid said the country has already made great strides in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The President said the police must move forward to meet the challenges of a developed and prosperous Bangladesh through research, innovation and adoption of latest technologies.
“Bangladesh Police must be the richest in new research and innovation. I think it is very important for Bangladesh Police to be a laboratory of ideas for this,” he added.
In today’s world of evolving technology, cybercrime is on the rise using national, regional and international networks and various applications, among other crimes, the President observed, stating, “We need to increase the ability of the police to deal with cybercrime and create a rich, trained and skilled workforce with modern information technology.
Abdul Hamid said members of the police needed to be equipped with the latest technology to adapt to future challenges.
Countering militancy is one of the major achievements of the Bangladesh Police, he said, adding that people must be involved in preventing militancy by massively raising awareness against it.
Calling drug abuse a major social disorder where part of the country’s youth are believed to be involved in drug-related crimes with the help of unscrupulous employees from various government departments including the police, Hamid said that the police needed to be more proactive and active in this regard. with the “zero tolerance” policy.
The President said Bangladesh Police have set a shining example of service to the people as frontline combatants in the global COVID-19 pandemic.
He also prayed for eternal peace for the deceased souls of all the fearless police officers who sacrificed their lives for the service, safety and security of the people of the country.
Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Principal Secretary of Interior Ministry Public Security Division, Md Akhter Hossain, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr Benazir Ahmed and senior officials of the police were also present on occasion.