To achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the country needs sustainable security, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary said at the 41st founding anniversary of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday.
At the programme, organised at the central playground of Dampara Police Lines, the IGP addressed the manpower crisis in the police force, saying “by ratio there’s one police personnel for every 900 people.”
“This is not enough, but we are still working to maintain law and order,” he said. “As there is a manpower crisis, we have come to the people [citizens, politicians, and civil society] as you are our strength,” added the IGP.
He also spoke of the resilience of the force. “Seventeen police personnel were killed and around 1,000 became physically disabled by terrorist attacks during the countrywide mayhem few years ago, but we [police] still did not back down,” said the IGP.
Police are also fighting to free the country from the grip of drugs and narcotics, he added.
Earlier, the IGP inaugurated the programme by cutting cake and releasing balloons.
Former CMP commissioners Abdul Jalil Mandol and Iqbal Bahar; Chattogram City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin; lawmakers Fazle Karim Chowdhury and Shamsul Haque, and Chattogram metropolitan unit Mohila Awami League president Hasina Mohiuddin, among others were present at the programme.
CMP Commissioner Mahbubor Rahman presided over the event.