Set up dedicated cybercrime unit
Police high-ups yesterday started discussing with their chief a list of over 100 demands, including a replacement of long-barrel firearms with short arms for on-duty policemen, and the establishment of an independent cyber unit and a cyber and IT training academy to cope with rising cybercrimes.
Around two dozen demands were placed before the Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed during a day-long meeting attended by mid and high-ranking police officials on the fourth day of the ongoing police week at Rajarbagh Police Lines.
They asked for a dedicated cyber crime unit to deal solely with cyber crimes and criminals.
Under the unit, there can be wings, they suggested, in all districts to effectively deal with such cases. The proposal comes as cyber crime is growing along with the use of social media, particulary during the pandemic.
The Police Headquarters earlier asked all units to bring forth their innovative ideas and demands to make the police a skilled, people oriented, modern and professional force. Out of the total ideas and demands, the PHQ compiled 107.
Police authorities will also raise some major demands during their meetings with the home minister, scheduled for today -- the final day of police week.
Meeting sources said Assistant Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General of concerned units at the PHQ yesterday raised around 25 demands with the IGP. Those include the formation of an independent medical service for police, a separate prosecution service to deal with cases properly and expanding the scope for people to file general diaries online.
Other major demands, which could not be heard yesterday, include a separate police division at the home ministry, providing SP and upward officers a car loan of Tk 30 lakh and Tk 50,000 for monthly maintenance, and the formation of a cell to coordinate with the ministry or the Secretariat about implementation of promises made by the prime minister and home minister, said a number of officials who attended the meeting.
Besides, acquiring a 100-acre land on the Padma char for Bangladesh Police Academy, and providing training allowance for policemen are also on the list of demands.
After yesterday's meeting, Haider Ali Khan, deputy inspector general (Media and Operation) at the PHQ, briefed journalists on the demands.
37 FAILED DOPE TEST
Replying to a query, Haider said the authorities have so far terminated 37 policemen after they failed the dope test.
He added the test has been made mandatory for the recruitment in police.
Asked whether the police authorities will take any action against policemen who have been accused of attacking and harassing students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) during their ongoing agitation, he said inquiry is going on about the allegations and if the allegations are found true, action will be taken.