Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday (Feb 5) expressed her government’s firm resolve to make Bangladesh Police a people-friendly organization saying the government would continue to enhance its strength in accordance with prevailing demand.
“In 2009, the police-people ratio stood at 1:1355 — But our government has raised it to 1:801,” she said, adding that the government would continue to enhance the police strength to meet future demand and improve police-people ratio.
“Required measures will be taken to increase necessary and modern vehicles, logistics, arms, land allocation, and improve infrastructural development for the police force,” the PM said while inaugurating Police Week-2019 at Dhaka Metropolitan Police Lines at Rajarbag in Dhaka.
In its Election Manifesto, Bangladesh Awami League had given emphasize on making police force a people-friendly organization, she noted.
“We consider the allocation for police as investment, and not as expenditure. Bangladesh Police has had a facelift as a result of our government’s various positive measures,” she said.
“We will continue this improvement of Bangladesh Police during our present tenure,” the PM added.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jabed Patwari, and senior government officials were present. Cabinet members, MPs, senior government officials, leaders of various professional bodies and civil society members joined the function.
The premier adorned 349 police personnel with Bangladesh Police Medal (BPM), and President Police Medal (PPM) in recognition to their professional excellence. Out of them, 104 received BPM (service) and 40 received BPM (bravery) medal while 143 received PPM (service) and 62 received PPM (bravery) medal.
Sheikh Hasina hoped that the awards would motivate them to be more spirited in discharging their duties, urging police to play more proactive role for ensuring road safety and against drug.
On the occasion, an attractive parade was arranged at Rajarbag Police Lines. The PM inspected the parade and took salute of different contingents of Bangladesh Police, local media report said.