PM Hasina asks police to be friends of people

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the police to ensure the welfare, peace and security of people as they are ‘the police of the people', reports UNB.

"You’re the police of the people, it’s your responsibility to ensure their welfare, peace and security," she said.

The prime minister was addressing the passing-out parade of the 36th BCS batch of assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) at the Bangladesh Police Academy in Sarda, Rajshahi.

She also asked the police officials to build themselves as the 'friends of people when they are in danger'. "You must discharge your duties sincerely."

Sheikh Hasina said her government has advanced the country and is working to take it forward further. "We’ll build the country as Sonar Bangla (Golden Bangladesh) as dreamt by the father of the nation. So, it’s essential to ensure peace and security."

She mentioned that the drive against terrorism, militancy and narcotics are going on. "The police are efficiently performing their duties and for that we’ve been able to eliminate militancy and contain terrorism. The drive against narcotics is going on and it’ll continue so that these 'dark issues' are removed from the country.”

The PM instructed the new ASPs to perform their duties with utmost honesty, sincerity and devotion to uphold the glorious role of the members of the Bangladesh Police played during the 1971 liberation war and fulfil the expectations of people.

The prime minister took salute and inspected the parade.

She distributed medals among Mohammad Salahuddin, Mohammad KhairulKabir, Saiful Islam Khan and Mohammad Abdullah and for their outstanding performances in different fields of the course.

The prime minister reminded the new ASPs that their parents, sisters and brothers are among people. “So, you should dedicate yourselves to serving people.”

She mentioned that the government has already introduced ‘999’ emergency service and people are getting required help from police after calling over the phone number.

Sheikh Hasina highly appreciated the police force for their recent recruitment of 10,000 police constables without any corruption and taking bribes.

Probationary officer Sarmin Akter Chumki conducted the parade as its commander.

Sheikh Hasina took salute, reviewed the parade riding in an open jeep.

Some 117 ASPs, including 17 female ones, took part in the training.

The prime minister later planted sapling of a mango tree on the academy campus.

She also took part in a photo-session with the probationary officers and cut a cake marking the passing-out parade of the ASP’s 36th BCS batch.

Ministers, parliament members, diplomats of different countries, high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.

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