Sarda (Rajshahi): Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the police to give the highest importance to people's basic and human rights and the rule of law while discharging their duties.
"You must give the highest importance to people's fundamental rights, human rights and the rule of law during your duties," she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing the passing-out parade of the 35th BCS batch of assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) at the Bangladesh Police Academy here.
She asked the police to gain the trust of people through providing service and humane attitude. "And this is urgently needed."
Sheikh Hasina 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 society by formulating people-friendly police through involving them," she said.
The Prime Minister also asked the police force to fulfill the expectations of people.
Mentioning that the government has gained success in uprooting terrorism from the country, Hasina said drug is pushing society towards the path of destruction like a disease.
"We have to save the nation from this drug. For that, you'll have to do special works...we want you to take strong punitive actions against drug abusers, suppliers, traders, producers or whoever he or she is. And you must maintain good relations with mass people for that," she said.
Hasina said she has the belief that the police force will be successful in eliminating the drug from Bangladesh as they did in uprooting militancy.
The Prime Minister took salute and inspected the parade.
The Prime Minister distributed medals among M Salman Farsi, AsmaAkhter Sonia and Mahbub Hossain for their outstanding performance in different fields of the course.
Earlier on her arrival at the Sarda Police Academy, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary and Principal of the academy Additional Inspector General Md Nazibur Rahman received her.
Hasina urged the police to be more active in controlling new kinds of crimes at this time of fast-changing world. "You'll have to be efficient particularly in handling cyber crimes."
She said the government is committed to transforming Bangladesh Police into a smart, professional, efficient and people-friendly force to fulfill 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, Hasina said, her government has been able to contain such vices with an iron hand and the success of the police in this regard has highly been acclaimed not only at home but also in international arena.
The Prime Minister reiterated her firm stance there would not be any room for terrorists, militants and drugs on this soil of Bangladesh.
She said Bangladesh Police Academy in Sarda is being built as 'Center of Excellence'. "For this, we're continuing reorganizing its organogram, increasing manpower and the supply of necessary vehicles, equipment and logistics."
The Prime Minister mentioned that modern classrooms, computer labs, language lab, forensic demonstration lab, driving and shooting simulator are playing a supporting role in providing time-befitting training.
Besides, the present government has established the Police Staff College to provide modern training to senior police officials.
A total of 123 ASPs, including 18 female officers, participated in the basic training of the newly-recruited members of BCS Police cadre 35th batch.
PM asks police to give importance to people’s rights