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12:00 AM, February 07, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:37 AM, February 07, 2019

Be a pro-people force

President asks police

President Abdul Hamid yesterday urged police members to serve people with honesty and sincerity, being imbued with spirit of the Liberation War and thus gain their trust.

“Anyone who comes to you to take service should not be harassed. You need to make sure they can avail of necessary services and suggestions. You must keep up efforts to become a service-oriented and people-friendly force by gaining people's trust. It's also their expectation.”

The president said this at an event, marking the Police Week 2019, at Bangabhaban.

“A key element of good governance… is proper enforcement of law. You must continue to play a responsible role to maintain security and establish a safe society,” he said.

“Your main responsibilities are maintaining internal security, protecting people's lives, establishing the rule of law and preventing terrorism and crimes, upholding human rights and democratic values.”

Hamid said a new trend of policing activities has started, combining police, people and technology to face present-day crimes. “So, in addition to community policing, innovative policing activities should be continued.”

The president said crimes and criminals are no longer limited to geographical boundaries. Utilising technology, organised gangs are being involved in crimes across the globe.

“It's very challenging to control and deal with such crimes. Despite this, the level of professionalism, skill and courage police members have shown to prevent organised crimes, terrorism, militancy and spread of drug addiction is really commendable. It has brought peace and relief in public life,” he said.

“Your success has not only been appreciated in the country but also in the international arena. I firmly believe that you will become more trained and skilled to face new challenges in the future,” the president added.

The president mentioned that various steps, including accommodation, ration, risk allowance and medical facilities, have been taken for the force's welfare.

Steps have already been taken to establish a bank named “Community Bank Bangladesh Limited” for police. These government initiatives will help people get police services in a much easier way, the president said.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Inspector General of Police Javed Patwary and senior government officials were present during the event. Cabinet members, MPs, leaders of various professional bodies, members of civil society and secretaries to the president also attended the programme.

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