Police place 10 suggestions to raise skills
High officials of Bangladesh Police yesterday put forward 10 suggestions to Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina for building the police as a modern and highly skilled force.
At the opening ceremony of the Bangladesh Police Week-2009 at the Prime Minister's Office, the high-ranking police officials assured that each member of the department will put in their best efforts to help ensure good governance eradicating militancy, terrorism and all crimes.
They also urged the government to take some steps immediately to make that happen.
The suggestions and demands placed by the officers are: increasing allocation to training and remuneration, incorporating latest technologies, increasing workforce in the department especially in the Special Branch (SB), formulating and regularly updating deputation schedule, forming an Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI)-like special force to combat terrorism, increasing the number of female police, creating at least 10 posts with secretary status, upgrading the posts of police inspector to first grade (non-cadre) and the posts of sergeant and sub-inspector to second grade, establishing at least four police lines surrounding the capital to remove the present severe accommodation crisis.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad in his address said increasing allocation for training and remuneration has become a logical demand for modernizing the police department.
The IGP thanked the PM for introducing an equal rationing system in the police department.
Superintendent of Police (Dhaka range) Iqbal Bahar said the SB needs more manpower to fight against serious crimes like militancy. He drew attention of the premier to departmental complexity created for lack of a deputation schedule.
Bahar said police officers are posted to various branches of the police department on deputation as the department lacks a deputation schedule, resulting in problems in the promotion process.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG-Dhaka Range) Mukhlesur Rahman said the total number of police is 124000 which is too inadequate to serve the country's total population.
As per the present number, there is one police against each 1200 people where the ratio in India and Pakistan is one against 700 and 600 respectively, Mukhlesur said.
He mentioned a previous proposal made by the police authorities to appoint 23000 more members to the force by 2011.
If the proposed number of police is added to the force, then there will be one police against each 1000 people in the country, Mukhelsur said lamenting that this proposal is yet to be implemented.
He also suggested the PM to form a modern, skilled separate unit of police like FBI which will be equipped with modern technologies.
DIG (Dhaka Range) Fatema Begum, one of the few female representatives at the function, requested Hasina to take immediate steps to increase the number of women in the police department.
"While the total number of police members is over 1 lakh, the total number of women in the department is only 1937," Fatema added.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner AKM Shahidul Haque said there are 1590 cadre posts in the police department and of them the post of inspector general (IG) has the status of secretary. There should be a Chief of Police and at least 10 posts of IG with secretary status to attract meritorious people to the department.
He also informed the prime minister about serious accommodation crisis of police and suggested setting up at least four police lines in the adjacent areas of the capital.
Additional IGP Naba Bikram Kishore delivered vote of thanks.