The Police Headquarters (PHQ) formed a special control and command centre yesterday to monitor the situation of Bangladesh and ensure coordinated law enforcement support during the spread of coronavirus.
The control room was set up at the ground floor of NCOM building of PHQ, Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general of PHQ, told The Daily Star yesterday.
Officials will remain on duty at the control center round the clock in three shifts, he said.
Every shift will be led by an additional superintendent of police. An inspector, a sub-inspector (SI) and a computer operator will assist the additional SP, said AIG Rana.
The PHQ already appointed 16 additional SP, 16 inspectors and SI, and five computer operators for the control centre, according to officials.
The control centre will collect full database of the virus-affected and deceased persons. Upon data collection, the centre will send information to police high officials including the inspector general of police (IGP) twice a day, said PHQ officials.
The centre will provide instruction to field level officials about their activities as per directives of the police chief and high officials, they added.
The control centre numbers are; 01769695080, 01769695081 and 01769695082.
Meanwhile, the home ministry yesterday also formed a special 'coordination cell' to provide support to law enforcers to prevent coronavirus during the ten-day general holiday.
Four senior assistant secretaries and six deputy secretaries of the ministry along with their staff will perform duty by rotation from March 26 to April 4, according to a home ministry statement signed by its deputy secretary Mohammad Habibur Rahman.