RAJSHAHI: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon the police officers to be “friend of the people” and give the utmost importance to the people’s fundamental rights, human rights and the rule of law while discharging their professional duties.
She was addressing the passing-out parade of the 36th BCS batch of assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) at Bangladesh Police Academy in Sardah of Rajshahi on Sunday (September 15).
“Prepare your mindset to be friend of the people whenever they are in danger as you are going to enter your professional life upon completion (one- year) the basic training,” she said.
At the function, PM Hasina said, “We want to ensure the rule of law and justice in the country by establishing democracy. I hope that by using your knowledge gathered from the year-long training and experience, you will be sincerely looking forward to build of Sonar Bangla as dreamt by the Father of the Nation by implementing the Vission-2021 and Vision-2041.”
She expressed her firm belief that the new police officers would engage in ensuring overall welfare of the country with their acquired knowledge, discipline, professionalism, honesty, and integrity.
Recalling the contribution of police in the Liberation War, the premier said that Bangladesh Police had been rewarded with the “Independence Award 2011” for their glorious contribution to the 1971 war.
She also directed the new ASPs to uphold the glorious role of Bangladesh Police personnel during the Great War of Liberation following the path of their predecessors with patriotism, professionalism and unbound bravery.
Recalling the first passing out parade of Bangladesh Police that was reviewed by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on May 9, in 1972, she said that Bangabandhu had developed the police force likewise other organizations of the country.
The premier quoting Bangabandhu as saying, “You are the police of an independent country. You are not the police of foreign ruler, but police of the people. Your duty is to serve the people, love the people and help the people in their bad days.”
Sheikh Hasina said her government has advanced the country and is working to take it forward further. "We’ll build the country as 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 continued success of Bangladesh Police in combating militancy has been widely praised not only in the country but also in the international arena.
"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 premier said.
There will be no place for militants, terrorists and war criminals on the soil of this country, she added.
Sheikh Hasina took salute, reviewed the parade by riding on an open jeep and distributed medals among the best probationary ASPs.
PM handed over “Best Shooter” award to Md Khairul Kabir while Md Abdullah-Al-Mamun of “Best Field Performer”, Md Salahuddin, of “Best Horsemanship”, Saiful Islam Khan of “Best Academic” and Md Salahuddin of “Best Probationer.”
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.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary and Principal of the Bangladesh Police Academy Mohammad Najibur Rahman, Ministers, parliament members, diplomats of different countries, high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
BDST: 1621 HRS, SEP 15, 2019