PM’s call for a people-friendly police
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed police to be friend of people and dedicate themselves to serve the nation. The PM came up with the call while attending the passing-out parade of the 36th BCS batch of Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) at Bangladesh Police Academy at Sarda in Rajshahi the day before yesterday. She further instructed the young officers to prepare a mindset to be friend of the people whenever they are in danger.
Most importantly, the prime minister instructed the new ASPs to perform their duties with utmost honesty, sincerity and devotion to uphold the glorious role of the members of the Bangladesh Police played during the Great War of Liberation and fulfill the expectations of people.
We completely agree with the PM's motivational call. Bangladesh Police is the country's elite law enforcement agency, and responsible for ensuring peace and security at home. The most important role of a police officer is to enforce the law. This includes the protection of people and property.
The police officer is responsible for patrolling his or her respective areas of jurisdiction while identifying and addressing situations where the law has been violated. Sincere police officers are proactive in their patrols. Referring to its role and responsibilities, it is easily understandable that the police force anywhere is aimed to function as a pro-people public institution.
Regrettably in recent times, our police have often been accused of a wide range of corruption including rape, incompetence and financial irregularities. Our law enforcers have not only distanced themselves from the public in recent years, but in many cases they have been reported to be oppressive and suppressive towards the public. This was not expected. Even sadder, Transparency International has at least twice branded The Bangladesh Police as one of the most corrupt public institutions of Bangladesh.
Nevertheless , in the midst of a spree of complains against our police the recent recruitment of 10, 000 constables was fair and free of corruption- it is indeed a positive change. We are glad that this realisation has come from the police and they seem to be trying to free the institution of all corrupt practices.
If our police officers perform their duty sincerely by following the PM's directive, people's waning trust will be reinstated on our police. It is expected that the top brass of the police coupled with the new officers will take the PM's call seriously enough to become a people friendly law enforcement agency.