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20 February 2012
Honorable IGP pays a visit to PRP Office
Police Reform Programme (PRP) invited Honorable Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Hassan Mahmood Khandker, BPM, PPM, ndc to pay a visit to PRP office. Honorable IGP paid a visit to PRP office today at 10:00 am. Mr. Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, BPM, Additional Inspector General of Police, CID & National Project Director (NPD); Mr. Hendrik Gideon van Zyl, Project Manager; and other staff of PRP received him. NPD and Project Manager congratulated him on his recent achieving three-star rank of the Bangladesh Police and briefed him about the progress of the project. IGP expressed his satisfaction about progress of project so far made, gave emphasis on the objectives and goals of the project and made some valuable suggestions to realizing those objectives and goals.
07 December 2011
Opening Ceremony of Bahubal Model Police Station
Advocate Shamsul Hoque Tuku, MP, Hon'ble State Minister for Home Affairs, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh has kindly consented to grace the event as the chief guest. The other dignitaries will be present at the inauguration ceremony are as follows:
Advocate Md. Abu Zahir, MP
Habiganj-3 (Habiganj - Lakhai)
Advocate Abdul Mojid Khan, MP
Habiganj-2 (Baniachong - Ajmiriganj)
Mr. Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, BPM, Addl IGP, CID
National Project Director, PRP
Mr. Daniel Davis
Head of Governance and Human Development Team, DFID
Ms. Won Young Hong
Assistant Country Director, Governance Cluster, UNDP
will remain present a special guest
Venue: Bahubal Model Police Station Premises
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Training on detection of forged travel documents in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet
Immigration officers, such as the officers from the Special Branch of the Bangladesh Police, who man airports, sea ports, border posts and crossings are in the very frontline of national defences against transnational crime and other threats. Their skills, alertness and ability to detect potential offenders are very crucial in ensuring the security of citizens and protection of law and order. Criminals who want to avoid detection use many tools at their disposal to try and enter or depart the country using latest techniques to forge or alter travel documents. Police Reform Programme, in collaboration with the immigration officials of the British High Commission, organized a series of 3-day training courses for the Special Branch immigration officers on forged travel document detection.
Five courses were conducted: three in Dhaka and one each in Chittagong and Sylhet. Altogether, over 100 participants took part in the training, selected from the immigration officers posted to the Special Branch HQ, Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Osmani International Airport in Sylhet, Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong, Seaport and surrounding border crossing posts. Training was conducted by the two experts from the National Document Fraud Unit in the UK Border Agency: Mr. Eric Niblock and Mr. Lee Alstin. Mr. Niblock has over 38 years of experience as an immigration officer, with over 8 years as an expert in forged travel document detection. Mr. Alstin has been for over 13 years with the National Document Fraud Unit. They are widely recognized for their knowledge and expertise and conduct many training program for British immigration officials in UK and overseas so it was very fortunate that they were able to come to Bangladesh and share their knowledge. Eric and Lee were assisted in conducting the training by Ms. Linda Chowdhury and Ms. Rezia Malik from the British High Commission, Mr. Mehedi Murshed from the Australian High Commission and an immigration officer from the British High Commission’s Sylhet office who all helped to overcome any language barriers.
The courses covered both theoretical and practical aspects of forged travel document detection. During the course, the participants have learnt about the latest trends in the security features of travel documents, counterfeiting, page substitution, substitution of photographs and images, visa fraud and alteration and how to properly examine documents using simple examination devices as UV lights and magnifiers. Another aspect covered in the course was detection of impostors where persons attempt to use travel documents of other people.
In the practical part the participants got to test their newly acquired skills and analysed sample documents. Eric and Lee brought a full case of sample travel documents with them so there was an ample scope to look for different features and alterations. Not all documents were forged so the participants had to be very sure to identify forgeries. One particular document presented a very special test case – it was a passport with all the correct security features and details but from a non-existent country, British West Indies. That is a tough one for anyone from a cricket-playing country! The participants were also shown how to access publicly available databases, maintained by the European Commission, that provide information on travel documents issued by the European Union and few additional countries, their appearance and security features (http://prado.consilium.europa.eu/en/searchByIssuingCountry.html).
The feedback from the participants at the end of the course was very positive and many of them even commented that it was a very significant training opportunity for them. The visitors from UK, Eric and Lee, also enjoyed their first visit to Bangladesh and the local food in particular. Mr. Alstin even said in his email from UK after his return that he is still searching for that authentic Bangladeshi taste that he experienced here in the many South Asian restaurants in London!
19-21 July 2011
Police Reform Programme Conference on ‘Sustainable Police Reform in Bangladesh: From Global Experiences to Local Strategies’
The Police Reform Programme (PRP) held a conference on ‘Sustainable Police Reform in Bangladesh: From Global Experiences to Local Strategies’ from 19-21 July at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka. The conference focused upon four key thematic areas relevant to the police reform initiative: organisational reform; community policing; enhancing serious crimes investigations; and responding to human trafficking and emerging crime.
A key objective of the conference was to facilitate the sharing of lessons learnt from reform processes undertaken in other countries, thus enabling the Bangladesh Police to learn from these experiences and use them to create local strategies. As such, seven international speakers from Australia, South Africa, Canada, Cambodia and Thailand presented papers and participated in panel question and answer sessions on their reform experiences. The 60 conference participants, drawn from the police and civil service, then used this shared information, along with their own local knowledge and experiences, to identify critical issues and create locally-relevant police reform recommendations, which they presented to the IGP at the closing session of the conference.
Advocate Shahara Khatun, the Honourable Minister for Home Affairs, opened the conference as Chief Guest at the Inauguration Ceremony. Advocate Shamsul Hoque Tuku, the Honourable State Minister for Home Affairs; Mr Hassan Mahmood Khandker, Inspector General of Police; and Mr S.K. Murthy, Country Director a.i., UNDP Bangladesh, also spoke at the ceremony as special guests.
In her address, the Home Minister said the Bangladesh Police are the first line of defense of the country and are playing a vital role in maintaining law and order in the country. “Threat of crime is no longer an issue that can be confined within the borders of only one country, and crime in this era of globalization is an international problem,” she said. Read More...
31 March 2011
Divisional Consultation Meeting held at Chittagong
The Police Reform Programme (PRP) has completed the first Divisional Consultation meeting on the PRP Annual Work Plan 2011. The consultation also addressed the Dissemination of the Crime Prevention Strategy. The meeting was held at the Chittagong Metropolitan Police HQ on the 31st of March 2011. It was attended by senior police officials from all units of the Chittagong Police including the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Chittagong Range and the Commissioner of the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP).
Additional IGP and the National Project Director of PRP, Mr. Mokhlesur Rahman, BPM attended the meeting as the Chief Guest while the PRP Project Manager, Mr. Henk van Zyl, attended the meeting as the Guest of Honour.
During the meeting, the NPD highlighted the current planned outcomes and objectives of the PRP. Mr. Henk van Zyl and three experts from the PRP made presentations on the AWP - 2011. Mr. Henk van Zyl thanked the CMP Commissioner, the DIG and others for their participation. He also requested the officials to share their views and suggestions and get involved in the initiatives of the PRP.
Earlier, the PRP team visited the Raisa Union Community Policing Forum (CPF) of the Sadar Thana of Bandarban district and enjoyed a drama staged by the students of Gazalia Junior High School of Lama Upazilla. The team also attended an introductory meeting with local NGOs (Green Hill, BLAST and Mohila Parishad) and civil society members working in Rangamati with a view to identifying the areas of support and partnership needed to run the proposed victim support center in that Hill District.
29 March 2011
Bangladesh Police Women’s Network celebrates the International Women’s Day
The Bangladesh Police Women Network (BPWN) observed the International Women’s Day on 29 March 2011 with a view to inspire Police Women’s leadership and professionalism in the policing and advocate increasing the number of women police in all ranks of the Bangladesh Police. To observe the day a discussion was held at the Police Telecom Auditorium, Rajarbagh. The purpose of the programme was to observe the important day and to venerate leadership of the women in all scopes of life.
Stressing on the importance of increasing number of women in Bangladesh Police, the Minister for Home Affairs Advocate Shahara Khatun said that the government is seriously considering increasing the number of female police officials in the Bangladesh Police to ensure better service delivery. She attended the programme as the Chief Guest. The Minister also thanked the police women for their invaluable contribution in maintaining the law and order in the country.
The BPWN was officially launched on 21 November 2008. The network is a forum to advocate the interests of female police personnel, and is part of extensive reform work undertaken by the Bangladesh Police with support of UNDP’s Police Reform Programme (PRP). The network aims to enhance the role of women in policing by providing leadership in the area of women’s development, by building the policing capacity and professional skills of women police officers.
Mr. Hassan Mahmood Khandker BPM, PPM, ndc, Inspector General, Bangladesh Police, referred that currently women represent only 3.4 overall policing. However, he has announced that the Bangladesh Police will recruit more women polices to full fill the quota of 10%.
The State Minister for Home Affairs Advocate Shamsul Haque Tuku, the Additional IG (CID) and National Project Director (NPD) Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, BPM, eminent writer Selina Hossain and the Assistant Country Director, UNDP Ms. Won Hong Young were also present at the occasion.
Mr. Mokhlesur Rahman said that the presence of more women in policing will ensure safety and security of women of Bangladesh.
Ms. Won Hong Young emphasized the significance of forming the BPWN. She said that it is an excellent opportunity for women police to grow with professionalism.
The PRP is a long term and comprehensive capacity building initiative to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Bangladesh Police. The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Bangladesh Police drive the reform process with technical and financial support from the UNDP and UKaid.
20 March 2011
IGP inaugurates the four-month computer training programme for field-level police officials
A four-month computer training programme for field-level police officials has been launched today, demonstrating the commitment from the Police Reform Programme (PRP) and UNDP Bangladesh to support the Bangladesh Police in improving the performance and professionalism of police officials, consistent with broader government objectives and community expectations, This training programme will be delivered in all six divisions (Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet) and will run from March to July 2011.
“Nowadays, the Bangladesh Police is trying to make a U-turn by rebuilding its image, and I have reasons to believe that this training will mark as a step forward towards that end”, said the Inspector General of the Bangladesh Police, Mr. Hassan Mahmood Khandker, BPM, PPM, ndc, during the inauguration ceremony of the "Basic ICT Skills Awareness Training Programme" for the field-level police officials; jointly organised by the PRP and IBCS-Primax, the training provider.
The aim of the training is to enhance the skills and knowledge of Information and Communication Technology among the field-level police officials. 700 officials from the Bangladesh Police are taking part in this training course. 10% of the training places were set aside for female police officials.
“The exponential growth in the use of internet and other modes of information technology has contributed to the dramatic rise of computer facilitated crimes and crimes committed using computer technology. The easy access to cyberspace has provided a low-cost high-connectivity way for criminals to reach their victims in this virtual world. So, in the age of information super-highway, modern policing cannot afford to lag behind”, Mr. Khandker added.
The training, delivered in Bangla, covers Computer Fundamentals and Troubleshooting, Introduction to Windows, Introduction to MS Word, Bangla typing, Introduction to MS Excel, Introduction to Internet, Webmail and practical sessions. Training exercises are related to police work to give the participants the opportunity to practice their skills in a familiar and meaningful context. Each batch of 15 trainees will receive 10 days training.
The inauguration ceremony took place at the Chhayanaut Sangskriti-Bhaban, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The Additional IG (CID) and the National Project Director of PRP, Mr. Mokhlesur Rahman BPM; the Assistant Country Director (Democratic Governance Cluster), UNDP Bangladesh, Ms. Young Hong, the PRP Project Manager, Mr. Henk van Zyl and Mr. Tareq Naushad from IBCS-Primax were present and spoke at the occasion.
PRP is a long term and comprehensive capacity building initiative to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Bangladesh Police. The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Bangladesh Police drive the reform process with technical and financial support from the UNDP and UKAid.
22 February 2011
Industrial Police organises a five-day training of trainers course
In order to enhance the training and facilitation skills of the trainers and instructors, the Industrial Police has organised a five-day Training of Trainers (ToT) course with the support from the Police Reform Programme (PRP). The Human Resource Management and Training component of the PRP is conducting the ToT.
The Inspector General of the Bangladesh Police (IGP) Mr. Hassan Mahmood Khandker, BPM, PPM, ndc inaugurated the course at the Industrial Police Headquarters today. Twenty trainers and instructors ranking from Inspector to the Director General of the Industrial Police are attending the course.
‘The Industrial Police unit has been a crying need for the country. The policing in this kind of scenario are a little bit different. So it needs a kind of professionalism which actually comes from trainings’, the IGP said. He lauded the initiative taken by the PRP in this regard. The IGP advised the trainees to make the best use of the training so that they could disseminate the learning through out the other members of the unit. The IGP thanked the PRP for this contribution.
Among others, the Additional IG (CID) and National Project Director (NPD) Mr. Mokhlesur Rahman, PPM, the Director General of the Industrial Police Mr. Abdus Salam, PPM, the Project Manager of PRP Mr. Henk van Zyl, Training and Capacity Building Advisor of PRP Mr. Andre Redman and Training Expert of PRP Mr. Taposh Barua were also present at the occasion.
The contents of the course include ‘basics of training and facilitation, training needs assessment, course development and lesson plan preparation, training methods and materials, training assessment, training evaluation, organizing and managing a training course’ etc.
The NPD stressed on the professionalism for the Industrial Police. He assured that the PRP would always like to provide possible assistance to this unit. Mr. Henk van Zyl said that the PRP is delighted to contribute to the Industrial Police. He wished all the trainees a good luck and advised them to make the best use of this course.
The PRP has taken several initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Bangladesh Police. The Programme is designed to assist Bangladesh Police to improve the performance and professionalism consistent with broader government objectives and community expectations, including the needs of the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and women.
15 February 2011
Workshop on Victim Support held in Chittagong
In order to encourage the victims to report crime to police in a safe and secure environment whilst accessing professional services, the Police Reform Programme (PRP) has a plan to establish 8 Victim Support Centres (VSC) around the country. The PRP has already established one VSC in Dhaka which is now fully operational. The second, third and fourth VSC are to be established at Rangamati, Rangpur and Chittagong soon.
To assess the needs of victim support, a workshop was held at Dampara Police Line Training School in Chittagong today. Mr. Mokhlesur Rahman, PPM, Additional IG (CID) and the National Project Director (NPD) of PRP inaugurated the workshop as the Chief Guest. It was facilitated by Ms. Muminunnessa Shikha, Victim Support Expert, PRP. Among others, the Police Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Mr Mohammad Abul Kashem, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Chittagong Range Police Mr. Nowsher Ali and other senior officials from the CMP and Range were also present at the occasion.
The NPD in his speech said that the PRP has a specific focus on t he poor and disadvantaged, women and children in terms of their access to justice. In order to encourage the victims to report crime to police in a safe and secure environment, the Victim Support Centre would be a unique opportunity. He urged all concerned to utilize this opportunity to strengthen the capacity of the Bangladesh Police especially in the field of victim support.
The workshop was attended by local police officials including Officer-in-charge (OCs) of the respective thanas of CMP and local NGO representatives. The participants were divided into groups and were asked to brainstorm on existing problems to deal with women and children at police stations, early requirements and strategy of VSC. The participants made very informative presentations at the end of the workshop. Earlier The NPD visited the Double Mooring Thana to identify the location for a proposed Victim Support Centre. During the visit a place was selected for the VSC. The NPD exchanged views with the senior police officials about the construction of the VSC.
13 January 2011
The Police Reform Programme (PRP) Staff distributed blankets among people in Dhaka
The PRP staff distributed blankets among the cold-hit people on 13 January 2011 in the city’s Paltan police station premises. The PRP staff members with the help of the Paltan Thana officials distributed blankets among 75 needy families. Among others, the Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Motijheel Zone) was also present at the occasion. The blankets were bought from individual contributions from the PRP staff members.
The National Project Director (NPD) and Additional IGP (CID) Mr. Mokhlesur Rahman urged everyone to extend a hand of cooperation to help the distressed people. He said, ‘This is our duty to stand beside them’. The Project Manager of PRP Mr. Henk van Zyl thanked all the PRP staff members for showing such a generosity for the poor people.
The cold wave sweeping in Bangladesh over the last few days, has paralysed the life of ordinary people. Financial hardship added to the woes as they had to stay indoors due to severe cold and cold-related diseases.
11 January 2011
Victim Support Centre -- MoA signed between the Bangladesh Police and 10 partner NGOs
A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed at Police Headquarters between the Bangladesh Police and 10 NGOs on the smooth functioning of the Victim Support Centre. Under this agreement the partner NGOs will be working with the Victim Support Centre for one year.
The country’s first Victim Support Centre, an all female police run project, funded by the UNDP’ Police Reform Programme was established at Tejgaon Police Station premises at the capital in 2009. It provides legal aid, shelter, medical facility, rehabilitation, counseling etc to the woman and child victim with the help of the partner NGOs. The partner NGOs are Ain O Shalish kendra, Association for Community Development, Association for Correction and Social Reclamation, Aparajeyo Bangladesh, Acid Survivors Foundation, Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers’ Association, Bangladesh Mohila Parishad, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, Dhaka Ahsania Mission and Maries Stopes. The Victim Support Centre has provided support to 828 victims since its opening.
Assistant Inspector General of Police Sibgat Ullah and the representatives of the concerned NGOs signed the MoA. Inspector General of Police Mr. Hassan Mahmood Khandker, Additional IG A. K. M. Shahidul Haque, Additional IG Mr. Syed Shahzaman Raj, National Project Director of PRP and Additional IG (CID) Mr. Mokhlesur Rahman, senior police officials, PRP officials, representatives from the partner NGOs, members from the media were present at the occasion. The IGP Mr. Khander said that a strategy based on the social cultural context should be formulated for providing supports to the victims in such centers. Among others, Mr. Mokhlesur Rhaman, NPD, PRP and Mr. Andries De la Rey Redman, Police Training Specialist, PRP spoke at the occasion.
23 December, 2010
The Bangladesh Police Women’s Network observes the Human Rights Day
With the support from UNDP`s Police Reform Programme (PRP), the Bangladesh Police Women’s Network (BPWN) observed the International Human Rights Day 2010 on Thursday, 23 December to further its vision for a human rights culture throughout Bangladesh.
To mark the day, the BPWN organised a discussion meeting and a colourful cultural show in the Ragarbagh Police Auditorium, Dhaka. Ms. Ayesha Khanam, President, Bangladesh Mohila Parishad was present as the chief guest at the discussion meeting while Additional Inspector General (CID) and the National Project Director, PRP Mr. Mokhlesur Rahman as the Chair. Paying tribute to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), Mr. Mokhlesur Rahman termed the Declaration as the most influential document in the last century and said that principle of non-discrimination is the basis of human rights.
Gender Expert, PRP, Ms. Fawzia Khondker Eva highlighted the needs to observe the day. Among others Deputy Inspector General (SB) Ms. Fatema Begum, Additional DIG (SB) Yeasmeen Ghafoor, Additional DIG (DTS) Rawshon Ara, Director (RAB) Ms. Rawshon Ara Begum and the members of the BPWN were also present at the discussion and gave their opinion on a variety of topics related to the theme of the day. Later, the guests enjoyed a cultural show performed by the members of the BPWN.
09 August, 2010
Workshop on Victim Support Center in Rangamati
In order to encourage the victims to report crime to police in a safe and secure environment whilst accessing professional services, the Police Reform Programme (PRP) has a plan to establish 8 Victim Support Centres (VSC) around the country. The PRP has already established one Victim Support Centre in Dhaka and it is now on full operational phase. The second VSC/Women and Children Support Centre (WCSC) is going to be established at Rangamati soon. To assess the needs, a Workshop on VSC was held at Rangamati Parjatan Hotel on 09 August, 2010. Additional IGP (Admin & Operations) and National Project Director of PRP Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc inaugurated the workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Muminunnessa Shikha, Victim Support Specialist, PRP; Eva Fouzia, Gender Specialist, PRP, Assistant Commissioner of Police and Officer-in-Charge of VSC, Dhaka Ms. Mina Mahmuda. Additional Superintendent of Police, Rangamati Mr. Md. Bashar gave a presentation on the needs for establishing the WCSC/VSC at Rangamati.
Among others the DIG of Chittagong Range Police Mr. Assaduzaman, International Programme Manager of PRP Mr. Henk van Zyl, Crime Prevention & Community Safety Specialist Mr. Kumar Koirala, and Police Superintendent of Rangamati Mr. Masud spoke to the occasion.
The workshop was attended by the local Police Officers including the OCs of the respective thanas of Ranganati Hill District, local NGO representatives, political leaders, journalists, community members.
Mr. Tripura urged all concerns to come forward to help establishing the WCSC as soon as possible. Mr. Henk van Zyl thanked everyone for participating in the workshop and ensured that the PRP is ready to provide all types of help in this regard.
Later, the participants were divided into three groups and were asked to find out the early requirements and strategy of WCSC. The three groups gave a very fruitful presentation at the end of the workshop and the decision was made that the operational work of the WCSC will commence very soon.
08 August, 2010
Community Policing Network should be strengthened in the Hill Districts of Bangladesh: N.B.K. Tripura, ndc
Additional Inspector General of Police and National Project Director of the Police Reform Programme (PRP), Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc sought cooperation from the community to strengthen the Community Policing initiative in Khagrachari. He emphasised on the need to strengthen the community policing network in the hill district of Bangladesh. He said this while he was addressing the community at a Community Policing Meeting as the Chief Guest held at the district Town hall on Sunday, 08 August, 2010.
In order to assist the Khagrachari Community Policing effort, the PRP provided 100 Torch Lights and Umbrellas to the Khargachari Police. The National Project Director of the PRP Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc handed over the items to the Police Superintendent of Khagrachari. Later he inaugurated a 200 KV Generators at the Town Hall, provided by the PRP in 2009.
Mr. Henk van Zyl, International Programme Manager, PRP, Mr. Kumar Koirala, Crime Prevention and Community Safety Specialist, PRP, Mr. Moklesur Rahman, Sr. Assistant Chief, Ministry of Home Affairs, Senior Police Officers of Khagrachari and Community Leaders were present in the occasion. The meeting was presided by Mr. Abu Kalam, Police Superintendent, Khagrachari.
Mr. Henk van Zyl, Programme Manager, PRP thanked the community for attending the meeting. During his address, he highlighted the activities of Police Reform Programme.
01 August, 2010
Workshop on Gender Guidelines
Police Reform Programme is providing various training to the Police Officers for building their capacity in order to improve human security in Bangladesh. The trained officers should be at their respective workstation/thanas for a reasonable period so that they can render improved service to the people.
This was discussed at a workshop on ‘Implementation of Gender Guidelines for the OCs of model Thanas’ held on August 1, 2010 at DMP, Rajarbagh Police Lines. The Additional IGP and NPD-PRP Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc inaugurated the workshop as the Chief Guest. The OCs of 35 model thanas around the country took part in the workshop. It was facilitated by Fouzia Khandakar Eva, Gender Specialist, PRP. Muminunnesa Shikha, Victim Support Specialist, PRP and Atahar Ali, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer gave some interesting talks to the participants.
In the workshop, Ms. Eva highlighted the basic points of the Gender Guidelines for the Model Thanas. The officers agreed that the Gender Guide Lines would help them to render better services to the women and children coming to the thanas.
18 July, 2010
Collective measures needed to eradicate Human Trafficking: N.B.K. Tripura, ndc
‘Human Trafficking is one of the grave organized crimes which is extending beyond boundaries and jurisdictions. Collective measures by the government’s policy-makers, law enforcing agencies and border guards, civil society organizations and NGOs, and the involving of communities and local government bodies are needed to eradicate trafficking specially of the women and children’.
The Additional Inspector General of Police (Admin) and the National Project Director of Police Reform Programme (PRP) Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc said this on Thursday. He was addressing the official launching of the study report on ‘State of Trafficking in Women and Children and their Sexual Exploitation in Bangladesh’ at a gathering in BRAC Centre as the Special Guest. The Centre for Women and Children Studies, with support from Anesvad of Spain, published the study report.
State minister for women and children Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury released the report, and ANESVAD Foundation Asia’s coordinator Olatz Landa, IOM’s South Asian representative Rabab Fatima, BNWLA’s Executive Director Salma Ali, Population Council’s Country Director Ubaidur Rob addressed the gathering among others.
The report says that the poor young women and children living in rural areas and urban slums are most vulnerable to trafficking and abduction. The majority of the girls who were trafficked were between 13 to 17 years of age and women between 18 to 22 years. Most of the families (51 per cent) of the victims alleged that they did not get any help from the government agencies. Seventy-one per cent of the trafficked women and girls, who were lucky enough to manage to come home, said that they did not get any help from NGOs. Although there is no reliable estimate of the number of women and children who have been trafficked from Bangladesh, it has been estimated that 200 to 400 young women and girls are smuggled every month and most of them end up in prostitution houses in other countries, especially India, Pakistan and some West Asian countries, the report reveals.
The Additional IGP said, ‘Human trafficking is a bolt on humanity. Trafficking in persons, like many other forms of criminal activities, takes advantage of conflicts, humanitarian disasters and the vulnerability of people in situations of crisis which poses a strategic risk to a country and its society.’
According to the report, forty-two per cent of the victims received legal aid support from the government, 8 per cent were rescued and one per cent was ensured social protection and security for themselves and their family members by the government. Less than one per cent of the cases which were filed were in progress, a few victims were repatriated and reintegrated, and others were provided with shelter and food by NGOs.
Mr. Tripura told the presence that the 10th annual US Trafficking in Persons Report outlined the continuing challenges across the globe, including Bangladesh. According to that report many Bangladeshi migrant laborers were victims of recruitment fraud, including exorbitant recruitment fees often accompanied by fraudulent representation of terms of employment. For combating Trafficking in Women and Children a Monitoring Cell has been established at Police Headquarters on 15th June 2004 and since then 801 cases have been instituted, Mr. Tripura told the audience. He said that the Bangladesh police have recovered 1034 victims and a total of 446 cases have been successfully prosecuted. Among the convicted persons 8 were given death penalty and 224 life imprisonment. During this period 199 camel jockey children and 125 family members have been repatriated from UAE.
To address this issue, the Additional IGP and NPD of PRP said that the country’s first Victim Support Centre had been established at Dhaka with the support of Police Reform Programme. An Anti Trafficking in Human Beings Investigation unit within the CID was launched on 17 June 2008. Besides, Police Reform Programme had published a Human Trafficking Investigation workbook to enhance the understanding by police of the issue that relate to human trafficking in Bangladesh.
He emphasized on the need to provide a framework for, and action by, all stakeholders-governments, business, academia, civil society and the media, so that they could support each other, work in partnership and, create effective tools to fight human trafficking. Later, at the end of the programme he gave interview to the media.
State minister for women and children Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury emphasized on the need to create social awareness and long time rehabilitation for the victims. She thanked CWSC for conducting the study.
18 July, 2010
Workshops on Annual Work Plan-2010 and Crime Prevention Strategy held at Rajshahi
Police Reform Programme (Phase-II) has completed the last workshop on the PRP Annual Work Plan and the Dissemination of the Crime Prevention Strategy with Division and Metropolitan level for this year. The last workshop was held at Rajshahi on 18 July, 2010. The workshop was attended by the Senior Police Officers including the Deputy Inspector General and the Commissioner of the Rajshahi Range and Metropolitan Police. Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc, Additional IGP and the National Project Director of PRP and Mr. Henk van Zyl, Project Manager of PRP attended the workshop as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.
The workshop was moderated by Mr. N.B.K. Tripua, ndc. He highlighted the outcomes of PRP, Phase-I and objectives of Phase-II. Mr. Henk van Zyl and experts of the PRP did the presentations on the Annual Work Plan-2010 in their respective fields. During the questions/answer session, a number of questions were raised by the participants. PRP team answered the questions. Some important suggestions also came out like The RMP Commissioner proposed PRP to provide support to establish a Campus Police in Rajshahi. Besides, the officers requested PRP to provide support for effective in-service training. Mr. Tripura advised the Police Officers to build up the image of Police and bridge the gap between Police and People. He emphasized on the need to strengthen the Community Police Network. The Project Manager Mr. Henk van Zyl thanked the DIG and Commissioner of RMP for participating in the workshop. He also requested the officers to share their suggestions and get involved in the initiatives of PRP. The DIG, Rajshahi Range and RMP Commissioner thanked PRP for the development initiatives. Later, Additional IGP and NPD-PRP Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc handed over some cell phones to the DIG, Rajshahi Range Police for Community Police officers.
It is to be noted that earlier, four workshops were organized at divisional level (Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal and Chittagong) and one for the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
Divisional Consultation on Women Police Network held in Rajshahi
A Divisional Consultation on Bangladesh Police Women Network was held on Sunday, 18 July at Rajshahi Police Line. Additional IGP and NPD of PRP Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc inaugurated the Programme. Among others, DIG of Rajshahi Range Police, Commissioner of RMP, members of the Police Women Network were present.
During the consultation, a number of issues were raised by the women police officers and constables. PRP experts on Gender and Victim Support gave some interesting talk to the participants about the rights and duties of the female police.
Later, PRP Senior Management team led by NPD and Additional IGP Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc visited Shah Mokhdum Thana and Boalia Thana (Rajshahi Metropolitan Police) on the same day to identify the locations for proposed Victim Support Centre. DIG of Rajshahi Range Police, Police Commissioner, RMP and PRP Project Manager Mr. Henk van Zyl along with other senior members of PRP were present at that time. During the visit, the team exchanged ideas with the senior police officers and assessed the availability of spaces in the thana premises for construction of VSC.
19 May 2010
Divisional Workshop on Annual Work Plan -- 2010
Police Reform Programme shared its Annual Work Plan (AWP) -- 2010 and draft crime prevention strategy with senior police officers of Chittagong Division and Metropolitan police offices including DIG range and the Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) on 19 May, 2010 through divisional workshop organized in Conference Room, CMP. The workshop communicated annual work plan, shared draft crime prevention strategy with the participants. Furthermore, it accumulated recommendations in relation to future perspective of PPP and its sustainability. Mr. N.B. K Tripura, ndc, Additional Inspector General, Bangladesh Police and National Project Director, PRP was attended the workshop as Chief Guest.
Capacity building in Model Thanas
As a continuous process of capacity enhancement of MT personnel PRP organized follow workshop for the OCs of 17 MTs (refurbished by PRP in Phase I and training for the CPOs of the Thanas. These programs provided OCs and CPOs with a range of knowledge and skills required in order to implement Community Policing and PRP support effectively. A total of 17 OCs and 17 CPOs participated in the workshop and training course at DMP Police Academy Police Lines, Rajarbag, Dhaka. DMP Commissioner Mr. A.K.M Shahidul Hoque, bpm, ppm addressed the inauguration session of this workshop.
All the events were successfully accomplished in cooperation with Police Headquarters, DMP, Chittagong Metropolitan Police, Chittagong Range Police and district Police of Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur.
Joint Workshop for Community Policing Forum Members, Officer In Charge (OC) and the Community Police Officers CPOs
Crime Prevention & Community Policing component of PRP continues its capacity development and strategy dissemination interventions. In May 2010, PRP organized four “Joint Workshop for Community Policing Forum members, Community Policing Officers (CPOs), Officers In–Charge (OCs) of in four districts; Thakurganon, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur. The workshops reviewed the concept of Community Policing, accelerated the areas of mutual cooperation and optimum utilization of PRP supports in order to put into practice effective Community Policing in model unions. A total of 182 of CPF members, CPOs and OCs participated in the workshops.
24 March 2010
1st Raising Day of BPWN and Observance of 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day
The Police Reform Programme and the Bangladesh Police Women Network (BPWN) jointly celebrated the 1st Raising Day of BPWN and observed 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day on 24 March 2010 at the Police Telecom Auditorium, Rajarbagh. The purpose of the programme was to inspire Police Women’s leadership and professionalism in the policing and advocate increasing the number of women police in all ranks of Bangladesh Police. The programme started at 10:00 am with a rally in attendance of Women Police inaugurated by Advocate Shahara Khatun, the Honorable Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs. Ms. Yasmin Gafoor, Addl. DIG, SB and Secretary, BPWN, presented their one year progress report. In addition, a Theme Song of BPWN and a Souvenir was launched in the programme. Ten women police officers were presented with a plaque for pioneering in their respective areas of work. They are Ms. Fatema Begum, the first ASP, joined Bangladesh Police in 1986, Ms. Mily Biswas, SP and Contingent Commander UN Peacekeeping Mission in 2000, Ms. Hose Ara Begum, Officer-in-Charge, joined in 2009 Ms. Setara Begum, Inspector and worked UN Peacekeeping Mission in 2000, Ms. Noorjahan Chowdhury, Ms. Shahida Begum, Ms. Sabiha Khanam, Ms. Mahmuda Khatun, Ms. Saleha Mahmud, Sub-Inspector, and Ms. Shahnaz Khanam, Constable, joined in 1974. Read More...
13 February 2010
Handover of 200 KVA Generator to Police Training Centre, Tangail
Police Reform Programme handed over a 200 KVA generator at Police Training Centre (PTC), Tangail on Saturday 13 February 2010. National Projector Director, PRP and Additional Inspector General of Police Mr. NBK Tripura, other senior Bangladesh Police officers, UNDP and PRP representatives were present at the hand over ceremony.
As an initiative of modernization of different PTCs of Bangladesh Police this generator has been delivered to PTC, Tangail from PRP. As PTC Tangail is located in a remote village area it suffers a lot due to frequent power interruption. The centre is also housed with two state-of-the-art computer labs. Owing to frequent power interruption conducting computer training using those labs becomes very difficult. To remove these difficulties this generator will play a vital role and it will help conducting various training programs smoothly at the centre.
Inauguration of a Computer Lab at Police Training Centre, Tangail
On the same day a state-of-the-art computer lab equipped with 20 PCs, 1 mid-range server, 1 laser printer, and multimedia projector in networked environment along with other necessary accessories and software like Lotus Domino etc. has been inaugurated by the National Projector Director, PRP and Additional Inspector General of Police Mr. NBK Tripura. Other senior Bangladesh Police officers, UNDP and PRP representatives were present at the inauguration ceremony. This computer lab will be used exclusively for conducting specialized computer training to the police personnel who will be working in the UN peace-keeping mission.
16-21 November 2009
Crime Prevention Conference and Crime Prevention Futures Forums’ Workshop - 2009
Police Reform Program sponsored a delegation of Bangladesh Police to attend a Conference on Crime Prevention being conducted in Perth, Australia on16-18th of November, 2009 and review existing crime prevention programs from 19-21 November Adelaide, South Australia (SA).
The objective of the participation at this conference was to enable the policy level officers to understand the ongoing crime prevention policies, the best practices and the implementation mechanisms in all over Australia. The attendance will enable to meet the crime prevention practitioners’ form around Australia, Australian Federal Police and New Zealand. The review of existing crime prevention programs in SA will further enhance the understanding of implementation of crime prevention programs in collaboration with the community.
These were the unique opportunities to expose Bangladesh Police to regional police policies, procedures and practices and the participants will be able to interact with police practitioners to discuss local and regional policing issues.
National Program Director Mr. N B K Tripura along with Supt of Police Mr. Iqbal Bahar attended this conference. Crime Prevention adviser form PRP facilitated the participation. Read More...
25 October 2009
PRP Phase-II Signing Ceremony
An agreement is signed today at 12:30 pm in Economic Relations Division (ERD) between the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and UNDP to finance the project "Police Reform Programme -- Phase-II (PRP--Phase-II)" The project will be implemented by Bangladesh Police under the Ministry of Home Affairs during the period from October 2009 to September 2014. The worth of total project aid is US $ 29.015 million, of which the UNDP will provide US $ 8.00 million. DFID will provide US $ 16.30 million and the rest US $ 4.715 million will be mobilized from other potential development partners.
The PRP is a long-term and comprehensive capacity building initiative to improve human security in Bangladesh. The main objective of the project is to support in the transition from a colonial style policing to democratic policing by strengthening the Bangladesh Police's ability to contribute to a safer and more secure environment based on respect for the rule of law, human rights and equitable access to justice. The Phase-I of the PRP was implemented by the Bangladesh Police with the financial assistance of UNDP, DFID and European Commission from January 2005 to September 2009. The Phase-I established the foundation of police reform initiative by introducing Model Thana, Victim Support Centers and a Community Policing Philosophy across the country. The Phase-II will provide necessary supports to implement the "Strategic Plan of Bangladesh Police-2011" and to achieve the following outcomes:
Mr. M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Secretary, ERD on behalf of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Mr. Stefan Priesner, Country Director, UNDP on behalf of the Development Partners, Mr. Md. Ghulam Hussain, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs on behalf of the Administrive Ministry signed the project document. Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc, Additional Inspector General, Bangladesh Police and National Project Director (NPD) of PRP was also present in the signing ceremony. Other senior officials from the Government, UNDP and DFID were present on the occasion.
22-24 October 2009
Handover of Motrobikes to Tourist Police in Kamalganj, Maulavi Bazar
On 22 October 2009, National Projector Director, PRP and Additional Inspector General of Police Mr. N. B. K. Tripura handed over six motorbikes at Kamlaganj Police Station, Maulavi bazaar and four motorbikes at Habiganj District Police for the newly formed Tourist Police Units in the two districts. The Tourist Police Units will ensure the safety and security of tourists in the Lawachhara National Eco Park and local tourist sites including Shree Mangal, Madhav Kunda etc.
Lawachhara is a popular holiday destination in Bangladesh visited by more than 80 thousands local and foreign tourists every year. Integrated Protected Area Co- management (IPAC), an USAID funded INGO has been involved in various activities in the park for the past few years. There are also 96 tea gardens there. The handover of the motorbikes has been a milestone in the partnership between the community and police in these localities and also a good example of partnership between Bangladesh Police and other development organizations working at the local level.
The Hand-over ceremony was followed by a community consultation where the local community members, elected Union authorities, forest officer and district administrator expressed their views about the safety and security of the tourists, police reform initiatives and the potential areas for cooperation and partnership. More than 400 community members from various walks of life were present. The Senior Adviser, IPAC, PRP Project Manager, PRP Crime Prevention Adviser and Management Adviser, PRP were also present in this program.
Mr. Tripura, expressed his satisfaction at the initiatives undertaken by the local police and lauded their commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the people.
Community Consultation in Sylhet
A Community Consultation was organized by the Police Reform Programme (PRP) in close cooperation with Sylhet Metropolitan Police at Nazimgarh, Sylhet on 24 October 2009. The objective of the consultation was to stimulate a dialogue between community and the Police to identify the challenges faced by community policing initiatives in Bangladesh.
Representatives for different walks of life and the elected Upazila Chairman participated in the consultation. The challenges in relation to the sustainability and continuity of the community policing program were highlighted by the participants. Mr. NBK Tripura ndc, Additional Inspector General and National Project Director, PRP responded to concerns of the community and expressed his commitment to support the Community Police Forums (CPFs). Crime Prevention Adviser of PRP Mr. Kumar Koirala highlighted community policing activities planned for Phase II of PRP and the implementation modalities to be used in future.
The consultation held at the very onset of PRP Phase II, has been very useful to identify the challenges of CPFs and explore the support modalities for CPFs.
13 October 2009
Car Handover Ceremony at Victim Support Center
Police Reform Programme handed over a microbus and a motorcycle to the Victim Support Center (VSC) on Tuesday, 13 October 2009. Advocate Shamsul Hoque Tuku, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc, Additional Inspector General, Bangladesh Police and National Project Director (NPD) of PRP, other senior Bangladesh Police officers, UNDP and PRP representatives were present at the hand over ceremony. Additionally, office equipment comprising of a computer, a printer and a digital photocopier were also handed over at the ceremony.
The vehicles will enhance the capacity of VSC in providing prompt service to the victims. The State Minister emphasized the need to prevent crime proactively so that less people, specially women and children, become the victims of crime. The NPD stressed the need to establish more victim support centers at other divisional headquarters and to provide more training to the police officials concerned.
11 October 2009
Community Policing Coordination Meeting
The Police Reform Programme and the Bangladesh Police jointly organized "Community Policing Coordination Meeting" on 11 October 2009 at the Conference Room, Police Headquarters. Mr. N.B.K. Tripura, ndc, Additional Inspector General, Bangladesh Police and National Project Director of PRP and other Police Officials were present in the session. Representatives of various Development Partners/NGOs like Asia Saferworld, GTZ-Dhaka, Asia Foundation, officials from Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction Programme etc. were present in the session. Mr. Tripura addresses the session saying that Police Headquarters has been designated as the focal point of Bangladesh Police to coordinate all national and international development initiatives in regard to crime prevention and community policing. He stresses this sort of meeting will provide a forum for the various agencies concerned to have dialogue and will provide an opportunity to explain what, how and where they are involved in this process. This will further help to develop the joint program without overlapping and duplicating the efforts.
The main objectives of the meeting were: a. to introduce the role and responsibilities of Crime Prevention Center (CPC); b. to understand the ongoing activities and the operational procedures of this community based policing in the respective areas; c. to define the logical framework activities and work plan with partners and donors; d. to establish a database of the programs in CPC and dissemination process and etc.
04 October 2009
Members of BPWN received IAWP Membership Cards
The Police Reforms Programme and the Bangladesh Police jointly organized an IAWP Membership Card Distribution Ceremony on 4 October 2009 at the Police Telecom Auditorium, Rajarbagh. The purpose of the programme was to promote leadership and professionalism in the women police. A total of 193 members of Bangladesh Police Women Network have been registered as the member of International Association of Women Police (IAWP). And Ms. Amena Begum, Addl. Superintendent of Police, Chittagong District has been elected as the Coordinator for Region 15 of IAWP. Their member ship will facilitate to get a strong network support and technical skills from the IAWP. Regional cooperation will be boost up among police women and enhance capacity by sharing best practices and technical know how, which will promote their better access to policy making not only in country but also in the regional and international level.
Advocate Shahara Khatun, the Honorable Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The other dignitaries included Abdus Sobhan Sikder, the Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Renata Lok Dessallien, Nabo Bikrom Kishore Tripura, ndc, the Additional IG (Administration), Bangladesh Police. Fatema Begum, DIG of Special Branch and the president of Bangladesh Police Women Network chaired the programme. Read More...
04 September 2009
Inauguration of newly built Service Delivery Center at Habiganj Sadar Police station
Mr. N.B.K. Tripura ndc, Additional Inspector General, Bangladesh Police and National Project Director of PRP formally inaugurated newly built Service Delivery Center at Habiganj Sadar Model Police Station with an emphasis on friendly community-police relations based on mutual understanding, trust and cooperation to prevent crime. Mr. Tripura said that partnerships between police and communities, especially vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, pave the way for voicing grievances, suggestions and recommendations by the people in order to improve policing.
The aim of the Service Delivery Center is to facilitate interaction, foster partnership between people and police and to ensure community involvement in the process. This will provide an opportunity for the local residents to visit the Model Thanas to see what is happening in their local police station and discuss how to improve the interaction on the issues that affect them. Police can also facilitate community efforts to create positive changes within their neighborhood. It will provide Police an opportunity to take into account community aspirations and make sure efficient use of limited resources. The Police-Community interaction will promote openness in police practices and improve police image.Superintendent of Police of Habiganj district and other local representatives of various organizations were present in this inauguration programme.
03-04 September 2009
Community Consultation at Kamalganj and Bahubal Police station
Kamalganj, Maulavi Bazar: On the way to Kamalganj, brief consultation was organized at Labachhora National Park Guest House with the District Police Super and the local administrator. Apart from law and order situation, the safety and security of the tourists were discussed at length.
At Kamalganj Police station, Mr. Tripura, NPD of PRP interacted with the local community members along with local administration. People have many more expectations from the police reform, but also they are quite confident with the initiative of the police have taken in the recent days. Mr. Tripura alos emphasized that partnerships between police and communities, especially vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, pave the way for voicing grievances, suggestions and recommendations by the people in order to improve policing.
NPD inspected the progress of the construction of Kamalganj Thana building which is by Government of Bangladesh.
Bahubal, Habiganj: NPD and PRP team visited the construction site of Bahubal Model Thana site at Bahubal. The progress of the construction work was discussed with the contractors and the construction adviser of PRP.
It was followed by a community consultation where the members of the CPFs and representatives of different walk of life (such as; local union parishad members, businessmen, religious leaders of different religion, teachers etc) were consulted. They were explained the purpose of the consultation and asked to express their observations and expectation from the police and PRP. They expressed their strong support for an independent (free from political interference) police service in Bangladesh.
The pilot initiative of local police and the community to develop one “crime free village” in each union fits into the planned activities of PRP second Phase.
Shree Mangal, Maulavi Bazar: NPD organized a meeting, at Shree Mangal, with the senior police officials (DIG Sylhet range, SP Maulavi Bazaar, SP Habiganj and the local police station commanders) and various issues in relation to community engagement were discussed.
21 August 2009
Public Attitude Follow-up Survey: police are friendly and more efficient in service delivery
People perceive police to be friendly and more efficient in service delivery compared to two years ago. This was revealed at a Findings Dissemination Session of the Public Attitude Follow-up Survey organized by the Police Reform Programme on 21 August 2009. Mr. ASM Shahjahan, Senior Police Adviser, UNDP (former IGP and Secretary and Adviser to the Caretaker Government) was guest of honour at the session. Mr. Abdus Sobhan Sikder, Secretary, MoHA, Mr. Nur Mohammad, Inspector General of Bangladesh Police, Mr. N.B.K. Tripura ndc, Additional IGP, Bangladesh Police and National Project Director, Police Reform Programme and Mr. Stefan Priesner, Country Director, UNDP were also present on the occasion.
The Police Reform Programme (PRP) conducted this survey to measure the impact of PRP interventions and assess whether reform initiatives have achieved the intended outcomes. The survey was conducted in December 2008 in 7 of 11 model police thanas established under PRP and 4 non-Model Thanas. More than 6,000 respondents including members of households, police personnel, women victims, women in custody and other professional groups like teachers, lawyers, doctors, business persons, elected local representatives, civil society, youth and media representatives took part in the Public Attitude Follow-up Survey. Read More...
25 June 2009
Generators distributed to the remote Thanas of CHT
Additional Inspector General, Bangladesh Police and National Project Director of PRP handed over 20 Generators to the Police Stations of remote areas of CHT three districts.
PRP strongly believes that the proper use of the generators in police stations will enhance the safety and security of the local community in rural areas of CHT and local police will have effective response to the crime and will better serve the victims of crime. The hand over ceremony was attended by all three SPs of CHT districts, officer in charge of the Thanas and the community representatives of Rangamati.
Training on Crime Prevention and Community Policing
Community Policing is one of the five key strategic areas identified in Bangladesh Police’s Strategic Plan 2008-2010. The foundations of a successful community policing strategy are the close, mutually beneficial ties between police and community members; a meaningful partnership that jointly and effectively addresses community concerns and improves the quality of life of citizens.
Bangladesh Police aims to ensure successful adoption of the Community Policing philosophy through greater involvement with the public, changes in working procedures, pro-active consultation and effective monitoring of implementation. In order to achieve this, in December 2008, a total of 579 Community Policing Officers (CPOs) of the rank of Sub-Inspector were assigned to all police stations across the country to coordinate and supervise community policing activities at the ‘grass-roots’ level.
To develop the skills and capacity of CPOs and create a dedicated group of police officers who will work for the effective functioning of community policing, the Police Reform Programme (PRP) in June 2009, organized training programs on Crime Prevention and Community Policing for CPOs. 5 day training was imparted to participants in three venues; CPOs from the Chittagong and Sylhet Ranges received training at Chittagong; CPOs from Barisal and Khulna were trained in Barisal; and CPOs from the Dhaka and Rajshahi Ranges received training in Bogra. Mr. Kumar Koirala, Crime Prevention and Community Safety Specialist, PRP conducted training for a total of 60 CPOs from all six divisions. The 60 CPOs are expected to deliver training to CPOs in their respective divisions to bring about a transition in skills, motivation, attitudes, values, and culture towards a community policing approach.
10 April 2009
Handover of Motorcycles to Tourist Police Unit in Rangamati
The Tourist Police Unit in the Chittagong Hill Tracts will be able to widen their outreach to the communities they serve, especially in remote rural areas by moving around on motorcycles contributed by the Police Reform Programme (PRP).
Mr. N.B.K. Tripura ndc, Additional Inspector General, Bangladesh Police and National Project Director of PRP handed over the motorcycles to Rangamati District Police at a festive ceremony held on 10 April 2009 at the Rangamati Police Lines. Mr. Masudul Haider, Superintendent of Police, Rangamati received the motorcycles on behalf of the local police administration. The Additional Inspector General also distributed sports equipment among students of several high schools in the district. PRP Programme Manager, Mr. Hubert Staberhofer, PRP Crime Prevention and Community Safety Specialist, Mr. Kumar Koirala and other senior officials of the district were also present on the occasion. The handover ceremony was followed by the Annual Sports Day of Rangamati District Police.
It is expected that the motorcycles will enable the Tourist Police Unit in CHT to better respond to problems or complaints and offer higher protection to visitors and the local community.
17 February 2009
Inauguration of Bangladesh’s first Victim Support Center at Tejgaon Thana Premises
Everyday, women and children in Bangladesh fall prey to vicious crimes including trafficking, acid burn, domestic violence, sexual harassment and rape. These are despicable crimes with traumatic physical, psychological, and social consequences. In addition to the inevitable psychological trauma, survivors face social isolation and ostracism that further damage their self-esteem and seriously undermine their personal and professional futures.
The country’s first Victim Support Center (VSC) established by Bangladesh Police with support of the Police Reform Programme, was inaugurated on 17 February 2009 at the Tejgaon Thana premises.
The establishment of a VSC within a policing environment and staffed by 17 trained female police officers is a groundbreaking strategy that will encourage victims to report crime to police in a safe and secure environment whilst accessing professional services.
In order to provide appropriate, professional and timely assistance to victims of crime, all staff at the VSC have been provided with specialized training to enhance their capacity to deal with victims and to facilitate and coordinate a support network, engaging health care professionals, social workers, lawyers and different NGOs personnel. In addition, Bangladesh Police has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with 10 Partner NGOs in December 2008. The NGOs will work in full co-operation with the VSC and be available to provide assistance and support on a twenty four hour basis.
Advocate Sahara Khatun, Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, formally inaugurated the Center. In her inaugural speech the Minister commended Bangladesh Police’s initiative and reaffirmed the Government of Bangladesh’s commitment to address violence against women and children. Read More...
3 February 2009
Handover of Policing Equipment to Beach Unit in Cox’s Bazaar
A specialized Beach Unit of Bangladesh Police has been recently inaugurated at Cox’s Bazaar to ensure the safety and security of hundreds of tourists in Bangladesh’s most visited holiday destination, also claimed to be the world's longest natural sandy sea beach.
The Beach Unit at Cox’s Bazaar was inaugurated on 3 February 2009 by Mr. N.B. K. Tripura ndc, Additional Inspector General, Bangladesh Police and National Project Director of the Police Reform Programme (PRP). On behalf of PRP, the Additional IGP handed over various policing equipment to aid the Beach Unit in their task. These include a speed boat, six ATVs for beach patrol, night vision monocular and binoculars, hand held halogen lights, digital cameras, handheld radios and life vests.
The inaugural ceremony was followed by a consultation meeting with members of the local community and the police administration.
Mr. N.B.K. Tripura ndc was the Chief Guest at the consultation meeting while Mr. A.K.M. Shahidul Haque, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Chittagong Range was present as Special Guest. Mr. Md. Matiur Rahman Sheikh, Superintendent of Police, Cox’s Bazaar chaired the consultation meeting. Mr. Kumar Koirala, Crime Prevention and Community Safety Specialist, PRP and Mr. Albert van Nunen Karioen, Training and Executive Development Specialist, PRP, were also present at the meeting.
Local community members and district government representatives expressed their satisfaction at the service delivered by local police and called for further strengthening of police-community ties for preventing crime.
1 February 2009
School programs in CHT
As CHT possesses different topography compared to other parts of the country, the types of vulnerabilities are also different in this area. CHT still lags behind from socio economic development in different sectors. It is timely initiative to orient the students on preventing anti social activities and motivate them to refrain from anti- social behaviors and provide an opportunity to develop a partnership in preventing crime and accelerating community safety through the School programs. The school authorities and students are keen to develop the partnership with Bangladesh Police aiming at preventing crime and accelerating community safety in CHT.
Police Reform Program, as pilot initiatives, has selected CHT districts to build up School programs and gradually stretch in other districts by providing sports equipment and organizing events with the students. The program will build a better relationship between police and the children in the school community. This further seeks to encourage and develop improved behaviors and more responsible attitudes of children towards the community in which they live.
As a beginning of this pilot initiative, PRP organized interaction programs with the teachers and the students of the some of the schools of CHT and distributed sports equipment as a token of partnership among the schools and the Police. Programs were organized on 01st of Februray at Bandarban with two Schools, 09th of April at Khagrachari with three Schools, 10th of April at Rangamati with two Schools and 11th of April at Dampara Police Line School at Chittagong. Sports equipment was also distributed to the Police Line of the districts so that they can regularly organize sports events with the local Schools at police premises or vice versa.
1 February 2009
Tourist Police soon for CHT visitors
Additional Inspector General of Police, Mr. N.B.K. Tripura ndc has said that a Tourist Police Unit will soon be set up in Bandarban to ensure the security of visitors in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). He was addressing a public meeting organized by the Bandarban District Community Policing Committee at the local Eidgah Maidan on 1 February 2009.
The proposed Tourist Police Unit will be a special unit of Bangladesh Police, similar to the Beach Police Unit in Cox's Bazar. It will ensure the security of tourists coming from home and abroad. The main function and responsibility of the Tourist Police Unit will be to look after the welfare of tourists. The proposed unit will provide information regarding security aspects of travel and tours and respond promptly to problems or complaints. The special unit will also carry out inspection of tourist businesses with the aim to provide better services and higher protection to visitors.
Mr. A.K.M. Shahidul Haque, Deputy Inspector General of
Police, Chittagong Range, Mr. Moudud A K Qaium Chowdhury, Deputy
Commissioner (DC) of Bandarban, Mr. Mohammad Shamsuddin, Superintendent of
Police (SP), Mr. Kumar Koirala, Crime Prevention and Community Safety
Specialist, Police Reform Programme, Mr. Shaw Hla Prue Jimi, a senior
citizen of the district, and President of District Community Policing
Committee Prof Osman Goni also addressed the meeting.
21 November 2008
Launching Ceremony of Bangladesh Police Women's Network (BPWN)
The Police Reforms Programme and the Bangladesh Police jointly organized a launching ceremony of the Bangladesh Police Women's Network on 21 November 2008 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. The Network will provide leadership for the achievement of national and global women's development objectives through the policewomen's capacity building and professional skill development.
The Home Adviser, Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The other dignitaries included Rasheda K Chowdhury, the Adviser for Women and Children Affairs, Md Abdul Karim, the Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs, Nur Mohammad, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Additional IG (Administration) Nabo Bikrom Kishore Tripura, Renate Lok Dessallien, the Resident Representative of UNDP, Jane Townsley, 1st Vice-President of the International Association of Women Police and Fatema Begum, DIG of SB and the president of BPWN.
Dr Kamal Hossain, the president of the Gano Forum, a former adviser and ex-IGP, Md Shajahan, a former ambassador Waliur Rahman, the Director General of RAB, Hasan Mahmud Khandker, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner, Naim Ahmed, and other high police officials were present at the launch programme.
In his speech, the Home Adviser Mr. Matin said, "For the first time in Bangladesh the police have a network or a forum which will strengthen, unite and raise the profile of women in the criminal justice sector nationally and internationally. A positive image for Bangladesh will be created in the region through the launching of the Bangladesh Police Women's Network. The Network can play an important role in policing.
It will help create leadership and professionalism in the women police. The government has a plan to recruit 3000 female police personnel over the next three years to increase the representation of women in the Bangladesh Police." He also said that a woman-friendly environment in the policing system would be created through the forum in the future, dedicated to the support and recruitment of more women.
The Network will act as a representative of women police to secure and maintain fairness and equality in the workplace that is free of harassment and discrimination, the Chief Guest said.
Referring to the unfortunate death of one Nurjahan, Ms. Rasheda K Chowdhury, the Adviser for Women and Children Affairs, said. "Nurjahan committed suicide after being teased by some young people. We do not want to see more Nurjahans in the country. The Bangladesh Police Women's Network can play a vital role to reduce such deaths. A significant number of women are violated every year. I hope that the Network can help them as it was formed by the women police", she said.
The Bangladesh Police Women's Network started its journey with 23 members. Ms. Fatema Begum, DIG SB, was given charge of the network as its inaugural president. DIG Rawsan Ara and Mili Biswas are the vice-presidents of the forum and the Network will work from the Police Headquarters.
Following the launching ceremony, a seminar on “The Police Women’s Network: A Structured Approach to Change” was held. Ms. Rasheda. K. Chowdhury, the Adviser for Primary and Mass Education, Women and Children Affairs and Cultural Affairs, and Ms. Fatema Begum, DIG SB and the President, BPWN, attended the seminar as the Chief Guest and the Chair respectively. Ms. Jane Townsley made a presentation on the International Association of Women Police and provided suggestions for future coordination and information dissemination. Ms. Yasmeen Ghafoor, PPM, Addl. DIG, Special Branch presented a keynote paper at the seminar.
18-20 July 2008
Media Relations Training for Police Officers under Police Reform Programme held
Dhaka: Former Adviser to the Caretaker Government and for Inspector General of Bangladesh Police ASM Shahjahan said time has come for police to be engaged more with the media to improve its image.
“Media are helpful if you want to achieve your goal to ensure peace and discipline in the society. If you can utilise the media, you can reach the people more effectively,” he said.
ASM Shahjahan was addressing the concluding ceremony of a three-day training on “Effective Media Relations” organised by the Police Reform Programme at BRAC Inn Centre from July 18-20, 2008. A total of 20 police officers from different police units participated in the course. Seven (35%) of them were female police officers.
Shahjahan said journalist’s jobs are to get and tell a story. They look for conflict, changes, and information of interest of the public. Police and media should be strategic partners and the relationship should be mutually beneficial,” he said.
A close working relationship with the press from the part of police before a crisis occurs can help a lot; he said adding that honesty and openness would be the best policy. He also distributed certificates of appreciation among the participants of the training.
Mohammad Aminul Islam, Additional Inspector General (RM&T), Mokhlesur Rahman, Deputy Inspector General (Training), Matiur Rahman, Assistant Inspector General (Training), Wojciech Koprowicz, ICT Systems and Strategy Specialist and Mir Attaqui Mashruruzzaman, Media trainer of the course also spoke on the occasion.
Among the participants Farida Yasmin, Assistant Police Commissioner, Rajshahi Metropolitan Police and Md. Tanveer Bhuiyan, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Police Headquarters also spoke. Farid Ahmed, Public Relations Officer of the Police Reform Programme facilitated and moderated the programme.
Earlier on the inaugural day on July 18, N.B.K. Tripura, ndc, Additional Inspector General (A&O) and National Project Director of PRP, inaugurated the training programme. Mohammad Aminul Islam, Additional Inspector General (RM&T), Mokhlesur Rahman, Deputy Inspector General (Training) and Hubert Staberhofer, Programme Manager, PRP also spoke. Read More...
17 June 2008
Bangladesh Police Tuesday launched a new investigation unit to strengthen its fight against trafficking in human beings. Major General (Retd.) Mohammad Abdul Matin, BP, psc, Adviser, Ministry of Home Affairs, formally inaugurated the Unit within the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at a formal ceremony.
“Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery. It is a serious crime that not only violates the dignity of the individual but also infringes on human rights,” Major General (Retd.) Mohammad Abdul Matin, BP, psc said at the inaugural ceremony at a city hotel.
He reaffirmed Bangladesh Government’s commitment to fight this gruesome phenomenon. Md Abdul Karim, Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Nur Mohammad, Inspector General, Bangladesh Police, N B K Tripura, ndc Additional IGP & National Project Director, Police Reform Programme, representative from the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Jacques Louture, and M.A. Jalil, Additional DIG & Head of THB Unit, CID also spoke at the function. Development partners, representatives from the NGOs, senior police officers, civil society members and eminent personalities were also present at the function.Read More...
15 June 2008
Bangladesh Police Sunday launched a strategic plan that outlines its vision, mission, core values and future priorities of the service.
Inspector General of Bangladesh Police, Nur Mohammad, launched the ‘Strategic Plan for 2008-2010’ to be implemented over three years.
“For the first time Bangladesh Police has a defining document that will outline our vision, mission, core values and priorities and will guide us into the future,” Nur Mohammad said launching the plan at a formal ceremony at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
N B K Tripura, ndc Additional IGP & National Project Director, Police Reform Programme, Hassan Mahmood Khandker, BPM, ndc, Director General, RAB, Mohammad Javed Patwary, Additional IGP, CID, A.K.M. Mahfuzul Haque, Rector, Police Staff College and Baharul Alam, Additional IGP, SB, were present on the occasion.
Development partners, representatives from the NGOs, former senior police officers, civil society members and eminent personalities were also present at the function.
“We have the vision of a Police Service that will work in partnership with the community and become a trusted partner rather than a feared tool of the State,” Nur Mohammad said. Read More...
9 April 2008
British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith lays the foundation stone of Bahubal Model Police Station
Visiting British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith laid the foundation stone of the Bahubal Model Police Station. Addressing a colourful ceremony at the police station, Jacqui Smith said that the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new model “thana” was the start of a process of deeper investment by the Government of Bangladesh to providing a better police service for the people of this community. “The British Government is pleased to join with the EU and UNDP in support of this process of reform led by the Inspector General and his senior management team,” she said.
During the function, Mr. Anwar Choudhury, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Mr. N B K Tripura, ndc, Additional Inspector General & National Project Director, Police Reform Programme (PRP), Mr Larry Maramis, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh and Hubert Staberhofer, Project Manager, PRP, were present.
Referring to the draft
Police Ordinance 2007, the British Home Secretary said that they were
encouraged by the drafting of the Police Ordinance which will enable the
police to better manage and control its own finances and destiny,
reporting to the people through Parliament. “…we look forward to hearing
of its promulgation,” she said.
5 February 2008
Effective Police-Community Relations Required to Prevent Crime: Dr C.S. Karim
Adviser for Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources Dr. C.S. Karim Tuesday emphasised on friendly community-police relations based on mutual understanding, trust and cooperation to prevent crime.
Dr Karim was speaking as the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony of the Police Open Day and a new service delivery centre at the Feni Model Thana in Feni district. Feni Sadar Model Police Station is one of the model police stations under the Police Reform Programme (PRP) of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Service Delivery Centre aims at providing better and community-friendly services to the people.
The `Police Open Day’ is a regular event for the police station involving the local people. The aim of the Day is to facilitate interaction, foster partnership between people and police and to ensure community involvement in the process. In close cooperation with the Feni District Police Administration, the PRP has organised the inaugural ceremony of the Service Delivery Centre and the Police Open Day. Later, Dr Karim also laid the foundation stone of the Shonagazi Model Police station in Shonagazi, Feni.
Mr Anwar Choudhury, British High Commissioner
to Bangladesh, Mr. N B K Tripura, ndc, Additional Inspector General &
National Project Director, Police Reform Programme, Hubert Staberhofer,
Project Manager, Police Reform Programme also spoke on the occasion. Feni
Police Super, Mr. Harunur Rashid Hazari chaired the function. Read More...
31 January 2008
Service Delivery Centre starts off in Narayanganj to enhance Police-Community Relations
A Police Service Delivery Centre has been opened at the Narayanganj Sadar Model Police Station with an emphasis on friendly community-police relations based on mutual understanding, trust and cooperation to prevent crime.
Narayanganj Sadar Model Police Station is one of the model police stations under the Police Reform Programme (PRP) of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Service Delivery Centre aims at providing better and community-friendly services to the people. In close cooperation with the Narayanganj District Police Administration, the PRP has organised the inaugural ceremony of the Service Delivery Centre and the Police Open Day.
Mr. Nur Mohammad, Inspector General, Bangladesh Police inaugurated the Service Delivery Centre Thursday. Mr. N B K Tripura, ndc, Additional Inspector General & National Project Director, Police Reform Programme, Mr. Amir Uddin, DIG Dhaka Range and MsSteffanie von Helle, Portfolio Manager, Police Reform Programme, UNDP also spoke on the occasion. Narayanganj Police Super, Mr. M Sibgat Ullah, PPM chaired the function. Read More...
20 November 2007
Gender Guidelines for Police stations launched
Gender guidelines have been launched for Police stations in Bangladesh on Tuesday with the aim of making the staff in police stations more gender sensitive. Mr. Md. Anwarul Iqbal, BPM (Bar), PPM, Adviser for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) and Labour & Employment, launched the guidelines at a formal ceremony.
“The preparation and launch of the first-ever gender guidelines for police in Bangladesh as part of the Police Reform Programme (PRP), is a very significant milestone,” Mr. Iqbal said on unveiling the guidelines.
Mr. Md. Abdul Karim, Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. ASM Shahjahan, Senior Adviser for Police Reform, UNDP, Mr. N B K Tripura, ndc, Additional IGP & National Project Director, PRP, Ms Honor Flanagan, Governance Adviser, DFID, and Mr. Hubert Staberhofer, Programme Manager, PRP also spoke on the occasion. Read More...
5-7 November 2007
Regional Cybercrime Seminar held: Call for a regional response to cybercrime
The Police Reform Programme arranged a three-day (5-7 Nov 2007) regional cybercrime seminar with an aim to exchange experiences on combating cybercrime and to foster future cooperation, leading towards strong regional response to cybercrime.
Mr. Md. Anwarul Iqbal, BPM (Bar), PPM, Honorable Adviser for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) and Labour & Employment, formally inaugurated the seminar at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on 5 November 2007.
Bangladesh Police hosted the seminar in which experts dealing with
cybercrime issues in
Mr. Md. Abdul Karim, Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Douglas Foskett, H.E. Australian High Commissioner, Dhaka, Mr. Larry Maramis, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh, Mr. NBK Tripura, Additional Inspector General & National Project Director of the Police Reform Programme and Mr. Hubert Staberhofer, Programme Manager, Police Reform Programme, were also present during the inaugural ceremony.
25 October 2007
Service Delivery Centre Starts Off in Narsingdi to Enhance Police-Community Relations
A Police Service Delivery Centre has been opened at the Narsingdi Sadar Model Police Station with an emphasis on friendly community-police relations based on mutual understanding, trust and cooperation to prevent crime.
At the same time, a `Police Open Day’ has been arranged at the Model Police Station, which will be a regular event for the police station involving the local people. The aim of the Day is to facilitate interaction, foster partnership between people and police and to ensure community involvement in the process.
Narsingdi Sadar Model Police Station is one of the model police stations under the Police Reform Programme (PRP) of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Service Delivery Centre aims at providing better and community-friendly services to the people. Read More...
27 September 2007
Service Delivery Centre Starts Off in Chandpur to Enhance Police-Community Relations
On September 27, A Police Service Delivery Centre has been opened at the Chandpur Sadar Model Police Station with an emphasis on friendly community-police relations based on mutual understanding, trust and cooperation to prevent crime.
At the same time, a `Police Open Day’ has been arranged at the Chandpur Sadar Model Police Station, which will be a regular event for the police station involving the local people. The aim of the Day is to facilitate interaction, foster partnership between people and police and to ensure community involvement in the process. Read More...
20 August 2007
Service Delivery Centre Starts Off in Jessore to Enhance Police-Community Relations
On August 20, a Police Service Delivery Centre has been opened at the Kotwali Model Police Station with an emphasis on friendly community-police relations based on mutual understanding, trust and cooperation to prevent crime.
At the same time, a `Police Open Day’ has been arranged at the Kotwali Model Police Station, which will be a regular event for the police station involving the local people. The aim of the Day is to facilitate interaction, foster partnership between people and police and to ensure community involvement in the process. Read More...
Programme Purpose and Outcome
The purpose of the Police Reform Programme (PRP) is to develop a safer and more secure environment based on respect for human rights and equitable access to justice through police reform, which is more responsive to the needs of poor and vulnerable people including women.
The intended outcome of the programme is an enhanced capacity and willingness of Bangladesh Police and key stakeholders to contribute in a collaborative manner to the creation of a safer and more secure environment based on respect for human rights, equitable access to justice and rule of law in accordance with multi-party democracy.
The Police Reform Programme (PRP) is a long-term and comprehensive capacity building initiative designed to improve human security in Bangladesh. The PRP supports the Bangladesh Police as it transitions from a colonial style police force to a democratic police service by strengthening the Bangladesh Police’s ability to contribute to a safer and more secure environment based on respect for the rule of law, human rights and equitable access to justice. The police are the most visible institution of the security sector and their reform is vital for lasting human security. Without law enforcement and the sense of workaday safety, security and order that the police can provide, the potential for wider political, social, and economic development would diminish dramatically.
The PRP will assist the Bangladesh Police by organising a conference on police reform. This conference will assist in building the long term sustainability of the police reform initiative through sharing experiences and lessons learnt. The conference, is entitled Police Reform Bangladesh – from global experiences to local strategies, it will be conducted from the 18th – 20th July 2011. The participants will include, but not be limited to, a total of sixty selected senior members of the Bangladesh Police and representatives from key government ministries (mainly MOHA). Other guests and observers will also be invited to attend various sessions of the conference including the inauguration, addresses by the key note speakers and the final presentations to the IGP.
Four thematic areas relevant to the police reform initiative have been selected to be addressed in the conference:
Six International speakers from a wide range of backgrounds have been invited to participate in the conference. A brief biography of each speaker is outlined below:
A provisional programme is attached for further details. On the final day of the conference each thematic group will present their findings to a high level panel comprising of the IGP and other senior police and representatives from key ministries. It is hoped that the main outcome of the conference will be to collect international best practice and to identify appropriate sustainable reform strategies in each of the identified issues.
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