Monday, June 11, 2007

IGP talks tough against corrupt policemen

IGP talks tough against corrupt policemen

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Noor Mohammad yesterday sought cooperation from the people in developing good policing and urged them to be watchful of police activities.

"Protest instantly or inform us if you see any policeman doing anything wrong or unfair... Speak up loud against anything bad they do... Today's problem was created due to keeping mum over the years," he said while addressing a meeting with civil society members at Rajshahi deputy inspector general's conference room.

"A corrupt policeman, whatever position he may hold, will lose his job and land in jail and such elements cannot save themselves from the punishment by lobbying," the IGP said.

"We want to get rid of the 100-year-old colonial image, change the existing concept of policing and it is not possible without close cooperation of people," he said, adding, "We cannot bring any revolutionary change, we can keep the process of turning police into a symbol of reliability and trust going on."

At Rajshahi Police Lines, the IGP asked policemen to change their behaviour and be friendly towards people. "We will show zero tolerance for misbehaviour and corruption," he warned.

He also asked them not to harass anyone intentionally, and care for all citizens as they care for their own family members.

"Those days are gone… there is none to control police from behind. This is high time to dispose of the bad image, we have no other alternative," he said.

Noor Mohammad asked them to serve in an efficient, professional and honest manner, so that the negative perception of police is changed.

He informed policemen about the caretaker government's consideration for a package proposal to upgrade their salaries and develop logistic support. The package proposal include 25 percent incentives on salaries, 60 to 80 percent rationing facility and the use of 70 percent revenue income of traffic management for police.

In the morning, the IGP inaugurated In-service Police Training Centre and Divisional CID's Forensic Laboratory inside the police lines and addressed two meetings of Rajshahi range police and Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP).

Noor Mohammad also met the superintendents of police of 16 districts of Rajshahi division at the same venue earlier.

Rajshahi Deputy Inspector General (DIG) AKM Shahidul Hoq, Rapid Action Battalion Director Lt Col Shamsuzzaman Khan, RMP Commissioner Abul Kashem, Additional DIG of CID Binoy Krishna Bala were present in the programmes.


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