Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday hoped that the police will continue their sincere efforts to maintain peace and discipline in the country which is essential for economic development, reports news agency UNB.
"For economic development, maintaining peace and discipline is very much essential, and naturally this responsibility goes to the police force. I hope that the police will discharge their duties with utmost sincerity as they’re doing now," she said.
The prime minister said this while inaugurating the operation of Community Bank Bangladesh Limited approved under Bangladesh Police Kalyan Trust. She opened it through a videoconference from her official residence Ganabhaban.
With the sincere efforts of the police, Sheikh Hasina said, the government will be able to take the country forward where the next generation will have a beautiful and better life.
She asked the police to gain the confidence and trust of people. "Every police station should be a beautiful and spectacular place. Those will be established as the place of trust and confidence of people."
Terming narcotics as a social menace, Sheikh Hasina asked the police to intensify the drive in the coming days to eliminate this from society.
“The drive will continue. Drugs destroy family and society. Son kills parents, while brother kills brother for it. To prevent such incidents, the drive against drugs has to be intensified. The nature of crime is changing as the world is evolving,” she said.
The Prime minister said the government has taken steps to train the police to cope with the changing world. Terrorism or militancy is not only a problem for Bangladesh, and it is rather the problem for the whole world, she said.
Sheikh Hasina praised the role of the police and other law enforcement agencies to curb terrorism and militancy in the country.
To train the police properly, the government has formed Anti-Terrorism Unit and Cyber Police Centre, she said.
"They’re showing their skills in the area, too," the PM added.
Recalling the horrible days in 2013, 2014 and 2015 when the BNP and Jamaat had unleashed reign of terror in the name of movement, she said, some 26-27 police personnel sacrificed their lives at that time.
Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, home minister Asaduzzaman Kamal, secretary (Public Security Division) of the Ministry of Home Affairs Mostafa Kamal Uddin and inspector general of police Mohammad Javed Patwary also spoke at the programme.
Later, the prime minister talked to some police personnel in Rajarbagh Police Auditorium and Community Bank Bangladesh Limited officials at its corporate office in Gulshan through the videoconference.