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'Trained officers for strengthening community policing stressed'
RANGPUR, July 19 (BSS) - Proactive attitude of trained police officers could strengthen community policing movement for resolving local petty problems together with the local communities, speakers said this at a ceremony here yesterday.

They were addressing concluding ceremony of three-day community policing course jointly arranged by The Asia Foundation and Bangladesh Police with financial assistances of the USAID at Vantage Hall of Police Line in the city.

A total of 20 Inspectors and Sub-inspectors (SI) of different Thanas from all eight districts under Rangpur Range participated in the course for getting training on sharing and bridging police and people in curbing local crimes for better law and order. .

With Deputy Programme Director of Asia Foundation Mir Rakib Ahsan in the chair, Deputy Inspector General of Rangpur Range Binoy Krishan Bala, PPM, attended the ceremony as the chief guest and distributed certificates among the participants.

General Secretary of District Community Policing Forum Shushanto Bhowmik attended and addressed the ceremony as the special guest.

Inspector Lalmonirhat Court Murshidul Karim Md. Istasham, Inspector of Ranisonkoil Thana in Thakurgaon Abdus Salam Miah and Deputy Program Director of Asia Foundation Mir Rakib Ahsan facilitated the three-day course.

The speakers lauded initiatives of The Asia Foundation for working successfully with police and citizens on Community Based Policing (CBP) since 2004 and launching 3-year CBP Programme under financial assistances of the USAID from 2011.

Under the CBP programme, 440 police officers and 1,000 citizens already completed these courses and of them, 40 police officers have been selected so far to work as master instructors to facilitate community policing course in Rangpur Range, they said.

They said the course would help enhancing knowledge, attitude and skills of the trainee police officers in their day- to-day work in community policing through building partnership and problem solving approach with the local communities.

The chief guest put emphasis on organising such training
courses at the police station levels and said the citizens could
be the important information hub if the officers could mentor
them properly by disseminating benefits of community policing.
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