Police Week 2019 is beginning today at Rajarbagh Police Lines with a record 349 law enforcers being awarded the Bangladesh Police Medal and President Police Medal for bravery, combating crime, solving important cases, efficiency, honesty and discipline.
Last year, 182 law enforcers received the awards.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to formally launch the Police Week at 10:30am.
Though police week is usually held in January, this year the programme was deferred by a month due to the national election.
Besides, the PM instructed police high-ups to start the function at 10:30am so that SSC examinees can enter their exam centres before her movement, sources said.
Like every year, police officials are likely to come up with a list of demands. The demands may include recruiting an additional 75,000 members, upgrading the rank badge of inspector general of police to four stars, forming a separate division for police in the home ministry and establishing a separate medical college for them.
The police high-ups may place the demands before Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, according to several top officials of the Police Headquarters (PHQ).
The highest policy-making body of police, in a meeting at the PHQ recently, discussed the demands.