Give highest importance to human rights, rule of law: PM to police
Publish- January 03, 2021, 01:18 PM
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Update- January 03, 2021, 03:16 PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo: Courtesy
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked members of the police force to attach the highest importance to basic rights, human rights and rule of law while discharging their professional duties.
"I hope that during the professional duties, police force will give highest importance to people's basic rights, human rights and rule of law," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing the training completion programme of 37th BCS (police cadre) at Bangladesh Police Academy, Sarda in Rajshahi virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.
She said that the government will ensure peace and security of the people by establishing the rule of law and strengthening democracy.
"Remember that we mostly need to establish rule of law, serve the people and develop the people's living standard," she said.
In this connection, she asked the police personnel to gain people's confidence, trust and love.
"And if you can gain people's love, confidence and trust, the number of police force won’t matter. It’ll be possible to contain any sort of crime with the assistance of the people. You have to prepare (yourselves) that way and we want that," she said.
She said that to control and contain crimes in the country, the government has formed various types of units like Police Bureau of Investigation, Tourist Police, Special Security and Protection Battalion, Industrial Police, Women Armed Police Battalion and two separate armed police battalions for Rohingya camps.
She said that to enhance police capacity for eliminating militancy and terrorism, Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) and Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) have been formed.
She mentioned that modern operational gear 'Tactical Belt' is going to be inducted in the police force so that police officers and forces could keep their hands free to discharge their duties with more skill.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Senior Secretary of Public Security Division under Ministry of Home Affairs Mostafa Kamal Uddin and Inspector General of Police Dr Benazir Ahmed also spoke at the programme.
Earlier, Asaduzzaman, on behalf of the Prime Minister, distributed different awards among the cadets for their outstanding results.
Sheikh Hasina directed the members of the law enforcement agency to remain alert about misuse of technology, saying that vested quarters are also pushing the juveniles and youths towards crimes through falsehood, rumours and fabricated information.
Praising the role of police in implementing the government's decisions to face the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister said, they worked with sincerity in maintaining the supply of goods, arrangement of treatment for COVID patients and funerals of the deceased.
She also stressed the need for time-befitting training for police.
Earlier, a smart contingent of the police gave a state salute, while the Prime Minister took the salute virtually from Ganobhaban.