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Police Staff College playing unique role in building professional force: IGP

Terming 'Police Staff College Bangladesh' a 'think-tank' of police, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed on Tuesday said it is playing a unique role in building a professional force.

The institute has MoUs with universities of many developed countries. The coverage will increase in the future, he said.

Benazir was speaking as the chief guest at the awarding ceremony of Masters in Applied Criminology and Police Management (MACPM) at PSC in the capital's Mirpur. He later distributed certificates among the graduates.

Pro-Vice Chancellor of National University Professor Dr Md Mashiur Rahman was present in the event as special guest, chaired by PSC Rector Dr Mohammad Najibur Rahman. Senior police officials, including head of different police units, were also present at the programme.

MDS (Academic and Research) of the PSC Md Golam Rasul gave the welcome speech. Gopalganj District Superintendent of Police (SP) Ayesha Siddique spoke among the graduates.

Congratulating the graduates, the IGP said the knowledge gained have to be used in tackling professional challenges.

Referring to the police profession as an international service, the police chief said no country can be imagined without the police force in a civilised society. The capacity of police has increased a lot in the last 12 years under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said.

Working for the people

The country is moving forward. People's expectations towards police have increased, the IGP added.

"We’ve focused on training for this. Modernisation of training institutes and training has been structured. Basic training courses have been updated. Training has been arranged every year for every police officer and [for members] at every level,” he said.

Benazir said he hoped that the people would reap the benefits in the next two years. "We want to be a 'leading force' in South Asia," he said.

The IGP said the police recruitment process has been restructured. Bangladesh Police is working very successfully in the UN peacekeeping mission.

“Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, the country has achieved tremendous development. We’re transitioning from a least developed country to a developing nation. In 2041, Bangladesh will become a developed country,” the IGP said.

The top official of Bangladesh Police also said that along with the development of the country, there is also a need to develop police, which is a big challenge. He said they have taken up this challenge to work for the welfare of the country and the people.

Achieving professional excellence

In his speech, Prof Dr Md Mashiur Rahman said police are playing an important role in building a safe Bangladesh for all. The police have made a unique contribution as a frontline fighter against Covid-19, which the nation remembers with reverence.

He said the course (MACPM) has been designed with a special focus on the professional responsibilities of the police, which will lead to achieve their professional excellence.

Fifty-seven graduates of the first, second and third batches were awarded certificates at the ceremony. Of these, 14 are in the first batch, 19 in the second batch and 24 in the third batch. Among them, 31 are members of Bangladesh Police, six are from the Armed Forces, three lawyers, six corporate service members, three teachers, one physician, one journalist and five other government service holders.

Gopalganj district police superintendent Ayesha Siddique got the highest result out of 57 graduates in the three batches.

From 2015-16 academic year, Masters in Applied Criminology and Police Management degree is being conferred from the apex training institute under Bangladesh National University.

Source: United News of Bangladesh