Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the fresh police officers for giving topmost priority to fundamental rights of the people, human rights and establishing rule of law while discharging their professional duties.
"I would like to tell the new police officers to give the highest priority to fundamental rights of people, human rights and establishing rule of law during performing their professional duties," she said.
The prime minister was addressing the passing-out parade of the 34th BCS batch of assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) at the Bangladesh Police Academy at Sarda here this morning.
The premier expressed her firm belief that the new police officers would be engaged in ensuring overall welfare of the country with their acquired knowledge, discipline, professionalism, honesty, and integrity.
In this context, Sheikh Hasina mentioned that she always wants to see police in a role of the "protectors of the law".
"The existing law of the country, honesty and moral values would guide the police force towards discharging their professional duties," she said.
She also directed the new ASPs to uphold the glorious role the members of Bangladesh Police played during the great War of Liberation following the path of their predecessors with patriotism, professionalism and unbound bravery.
Sheikh Hasina took salute, reviewed the parade by riding on an open jeep and distributed medals among the best probationary ASPs.
A total of 150 ASPs, including 26 female ones, passed the course.
On her arrival near the saluting dais, the prime minister was received by Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, inspector general of police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque and principal of the academy and Additional IGP Mohammad Najibur Rahman.
Ministers, parliament members, diplomats of different countries and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
Terming Bangladesh Police as a symbol of peace, security and discipline, the premier expressed her firm determination to establish a smart, professional, skilled and people-friendly police force to fulfil the expectations of the country's people.
She said that the members of Bangladesh Police have discharged their duties with bravery not only during the War of Liberation, but also in crisis moment of the country.
Sheikh Hasina said the sincerity, efficiency and professionalism of police personnel in maintaining the continuity of democracy and establishing rule of law are being acclaimed by the countrymen.
The prime minister said the efficiency and capability of the police in combating militancy and terrorism as well as improving law and order have been acclaimed by different quarters.
"The glorious role of Bangladesh Police members in the UN peacekeeping missions has brightened further the country's image in the international arena," she said.-BSS