|Common name||পুলিশ (Police)|
Patch of Bangladesh Police
Logo of Bangladesh Police
শৃঙ্খলা নিরাপত্তা প্রগতি|
Discipline Security Progress
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Map of Bangladesh Police's jurisdiction.|
|Size||147,570 km2 (56,977 sq mi)|
|Constituting instrument||The Police Act, 1861|
|Headquarters||6, Phoenix Road, Fulbaria, Dhaka - 1000|
|Agency executive||AKM Shahidul Haque, BPM, PPM,, Inspector General of Police|
The Bangladesh Police (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ পুলিশ ) is the main law enforcement agency of Bangladesh. It is administered under the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of Bangladesh. It plays a crucial role in maintaining peace, and enforcement of law and order within Bangladesh. Though the police are primarily concerned with the maintenance of law and order and security of persons and property of individuals, they also play a big role in the criminal justice system.
The main sources of the Bangladesh Police force's history come from Manushanghita, which are the hieroglyphics of Emperor Ashoka, and the stories of renowned travellers. In Orthoshastra by Koutilla, nine types of spies are mentioned. During that period, policing was confined in the efforts of collecting intelligence in order to curb anti-governmental activities, and to maintain law and order in the society. The duties of spies were varied, such as conducting surveillance over the activities of ministers, civil, and military officials, for which, different means of temptations and instigations were used.
Details of policing activities during the middle age are also challenging to find. However, during the periods of the great sultans, an official holding the position of Muhtasib used to perform the duties of policing. This person was the chief of police, in charge of public works, and the inspector of public ethics simultaneously. In urban areas, Kotwals were responsible for performing police duties. The policing system introduced by Sher Shah Suri was further organised during the period of Emperor Akbar: the Emperor organised his administrative structure introducing Fouzdari (the principal representative of the Emperor), Mir Adal and Kazi (the head of judicial department), and Kotwal (the chief police official of larger cities). This system was effective in maintaining the law and order in cities, and was implemented in Dhaka. Many district sadar police stations are still called Kotwali police stations. In the Mughal period, Kotwal emerged as an institution.
A Fouzdar was appointed to every administrative unit of the government (district), under whom there were some artillery and cavalry forces. There was a disciplined police system during the Mughal period, though there was no professional police force like that in the British period.
In the early stage of the Industrial Revolution, when England was facing grave crisis due to socio-economic transformation, the necessity of an effective organised police service was keenly felt. Sir Robert Peel, then the Prime Minister, introduced a bill in the British Parliament in 1829 which created an organised civil police in London. The success of the London police in controlling social disorder and crime was admired by not only the people of England but also of European and American countries: New York city copied the London model with some modifications when it organised the first Municipal Police Force, in 1833.
In 1858, full control of the Indian Territory was taken over from the East India Company by the British government. The success of the London police organised under Peel's Act of 1829 prompted the British government to reform the police system in the sub-continent in a similar way to British constabularies. With this end in view, a police commissioner was set up 1840, and on the recommendation of the commission of the Police Act (Act V of 1861), was passed by the British Parliament. Under this Act a police force was created in each province of British India, and placed under the control of the provincial government. The administration of the police force of a province was vested upon an officer styled as the Inspector-general of police. The administration of the police in a district was placed under the Superintendentof Police. The Act is still in force throughout the sub-continent, and regulates the function of police in Bangladesh, as well as the other countries of the sub-continent.
After partition of the sub-continent in 1947, the police force in Bangladesh was first named as the East Bengal Police, and then as the East Pakistan Police; however, it continued to function on the same lines as during the British rule.
Role in Liberation War
In the Bangladesh Liberation War, Bengali-speaking police officers participated with the citizens, leading to deaths from most ranks, fighting with .303 rifles against the Pakistani. The resistance by the Bengali members of police at Rajarbagh is considered the first chapter of armed struggles during the War of Independence.
Mahbubuddin Ahmed, Bir Bikram, the Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Jhenaidah at that time, led the guard of honour given to the members of the Mujibnagar Cabinet when the provisional Government of Bangladesh took oath on 17 April 1971, during the liberation war.
After the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent country on 16 December 1971, the police force was recognised and assumed the role of a national police force. At present, Bangladesh Police is primarily responsible for the preservation of peace and order, protection of life and property of the people and prevention and detection of crime. The traditional role of police in Bangladesh has undergone change after the liberation: the role of police is no longer confined to maintenance of law and order and prevention and detection of crime, and to meet the need of an independent and developing country, the police are now required to assist in developing the state and such kinds of activities by providing the basic security required for sustained economic growth of the country. It is further playing a vital role in dealing with insurgency in some areas of the country which impedes development activities and threatens the security of the state.
Bangladesh Police is headed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), under whose command, Bangladesh Police is divided into different branches.They are-
- Tourist Police (Tourist.police.gov.bd)
- Range and District Police
- Metropolitan Police
- Traffic Police
- Special Branch
- Immigration Police
- Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
- Railway Police (GRP)
- Highway Police
- Industrial Police
- Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI)
- Special Security and Protection Battalion (SPBn)
- Armed Police Battalion (APBn)
- Airport Armed Police (AAP)
- Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)
- Police Internal Oversight (PIO)
- River Police
- Police Telecom and Information Management
- Digital Intelligence Bureau (DIB)
- Detective Branch
- Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CT)
- Range Reserve Force (RRF)
- Special Armed Force (SAF)
- Special Security Force (SSF)
National Police Ranks
Metropolitan Police Ranks
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Ranks
Industrial Police Ranks
Rank badge of superior officers
|IGP||Additional IGP||DIG||Additional DIG||SP||Additional SP||Senior ASP||ASP|
Rapid Action Battalion
Rank Badge of Subordinate Officers
Inspector General of Police
The Chief of Bangladesh Police is an Inspector General, which is the only three star rank of Bangladesh Police. This is a list of Inspector Generals of Police since 1971:
|Abdul Khaleque||April 17, 1971 – April 23, 1973 (From Mujibnagar Government)|
|M. A. K. Chowdhury||May 18, 1971 – December 13, 1971|
|A. Rahim||April 23, 1973 – December 31, 1973|
|A. H. M. Nurul Islam||December 31, 1973 – November 21, 1975|
|Hossain Ahmed||November 21, 1975 – August 26, 1978|
|A. B. M. G. Kibria||August 26, 1978 – February 7, 1982|
|A. M. R. Khan||February 8, 1982 – January 31, 1984|
|E. A. Chowdhury||February 1, 1984 – December 30, 1985|
|Md. Habibur Rahman||January 9, 1986 – January 9, 1986|
|A. R. Khondkar||January 9, 1986 – February 28, 1990|
|Toyob Uddin Ahmed||February 28, 1990 – January 8, 1991 & July 20, 1991 – October 16, 1991|
|A. M. Chowdhury||January 8, 1991 – July 20, 1991|
|M. Enamul Huq||October 16, 1991 – July 8, 1992|
|A. S. M. Shahjahan||July 8, 1992 – April 22, 1996|
|M. Azizul Haque||July 22, 1996 – November 16, 1997|
|Md. Ismail Hussein||November 16, 1997 – September 27, 1998|
|A. Y. B. Siddiqui||September 27, 1998 – June 7, 2000|
|Muhammad Nurul Huda||June 7, 2000 – November 6, 2001|
|Modabbir Hossein Chowdhury, psc||November 16, 2001 – April 22, 2003|
|Shohudul Haque||April 22, 2003 – December 15, 2004|
|Ashraful Huda||December 15, 2004 – April 7, 2005|
|Mohammad Hadis Uddin||April 7, 2005 – May 7, 2005|
|Abdul Kaiyum||May 7, 2005 – July 6, 2006|
|Anwarul Iqbal||July 6, 2006 – November 2, 2006|
|K. B. Chowdhury||November 2, 2006 – January 29, 2007|
|Nur Mohammad||January 29, 2007 – August 31, 2010|
|Hassan Mahmood Khandker, BPM, PPM, ndc||August 31, 2010 – December 31, 2014|
|AKM Shahidul Haque, BPM, PPM||December 31, 2014 – Present|
In Bangladesh police, community policing is an organisation with the aims of promoting community, government and police partnerships, proactive problem solving, and community engagement to address the causes of crime, fear of crime and community issues. Bangladesh Police have been trying to implement this philosophy nationwide. The Police Reform Program (PRP), a UNDP funded project, has been providing Bangladesh Police with technical assistance to implement community-policing nationwide.
Under the strategic partnership there are:
- a National Community Policing Advisory Committee, chaired by the Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs
- a National Community Policing Co-ordination Committee headed by the IGP or an additional Inspector General of Police at the Police Headquarters
- a Crime Prevention Centre, set up in the police Headquarters having the Detective Inspector General (Crime) at the focal point
The implementation partnership starts at the district level: There is a district community-policing cell in every district under the Superintendent of Police. The Additional SP or an ASP looks after the district community-policing cell. Secondly, in the police station level, there is a community policing cell with a full-time community policing officer (CPO), who coordinates the community policing activities in the police station jurisdiction.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police is implementing the beat policing in Dhaka city. In this regard, each Police Station is divided into some police beats, and for each beat there is an assigned Beat Policing Officer.
Women in Bangladesh Police
Women first joined Bangladesh Police in 1974, when fourteen women police officers were appointed in the Special Branch, pf whom, seven were at the rank of Sub-Inspector, and seven were at the rank of Constable. The first female uniformed police members were recruited two years later, in 1976, when fifteen women police officers were appointed in the Dhaka Metropolitan Police for the first time. They were also at the ranks of Constable and Sub-Inspector.
In 1986, there was only one serving female woman police officer: Ms. Fatema Begum was appointed as Assistant Superintendent of Police through 6th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination. After two years, in 1988, four women joined Bangladesh Police through the 7th Bangladesh Civil Service examination. After an interval from 1989 to 1998, in 1999, eight women officers were appointed through the 18th Bangladesh Civil Service examination. On 21 June 2011 an all women Armed Police Battalion (APBn) was created as the 11th battalion of this force.
At present, policewomen of various ranks are appointed, and work in all units of Bangladesh police. Currently there are about 2,240 women are working in Bangladesh Police in the ranks from Deputy Inspector General (DIG) to Constable.
Selection and training
The recruitment process differs according to the level of position being recruited to, and direct entry (where an applicant does not have to start at the lowest level) is possible. The educational requirements increase with rank. A minimum bachelor's degree is required for Assistant Superintendent of Police, Sub-Inspector, and Sergeant, and for Constable, a Secondary School Certificate is required. Recruitment is conducted in the following three tiers:
- In the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP)
- In the rank of Sub-Inspector (SI) or Sergeant
- In the rank of Constable
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP)
The Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) are recruited C) through the competitive Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination. They undergo a one-year-long training in the Bangladesh Police Academy as Probationary ASPs. After passing from the academy, they undergo an orientation training for six months in the district level as a probationer. After that they have been appointed as a full-fledged ASPs in different units.
Sub-Inspectors are recruited by Police Headquarters centrally. They undergo a one-year-long training in the Bangladesh Police Academy as Outside Cadet Sub-Inspectors. After that they have partake in a two years probationary period in different police units.
Sergeants are recruited by Police Headquarters centrally. After appointment they undergo a six-month-long training course in the Bangladesh Police Academy, at the rank of Probationary Sergeant. After passing from the academy, they also undergo an orientation training of six months in the rank of probationer.
The main training institution of the Bangladesh Police is the Bangladesh Police Academy, established in 1912 in Sardah. The Police Staff College was established in 2000 in Dhaka. Bangladesh Police also maintains Police Training Centre (PTC) in Tangail, Rangpur, Khulna and Noakhali. The Detective Training School was established in 1962 in Dhaka.
List of training institutions
- Police Staff College, Dhaka
- Bangladesh Police Academy, Sardah, Rajshahi
- Police Training Centre, Tangail
- Police Training Centre, Rangpur
- Police Training Centre, Khulna
- Police Training Centre, Noakhali
- Detective Training School (DTS), Rajarbagh, Dhaka
- Forensic Training Institute, Malibagh, Dhaka
- Special Branch Training School, Malibagh, Dhaka
- Police Peacekeepers' Training School, Rajarbagh, Dhaka
- Police Special Training School (PSTS), Betbunia, Rangamati
- Traffic and Driving School (TDS), Mill Barrack, Dhaka
- Motor Driver Training School (MDTS), Jamalpur
- Telecommunications Training Centre, Rajarbagh, Dhaka
- Dhaka Metropolitan Police Training Academy, Rajarbagh, Dhaka
- Rapid Action Battalion Forces Training School, Gazipur
- Armed Police Battalion Training School
Moreover, there are in-service training centres in different districts.
Police medals are awarded every year in the annual Police Week Parade. They are awarded both for bravery and service.
Bangladesh Police Medal (BPM)
- Bangladesh Police Medal (BPM)
- Bangladesh Police Medal - Service (BPM-Seba)
President Police Medal (PPM)
- President Police Medal (PPM)
- President Police Medal - Service (PPM-Seba)
Different kinds of vehicles are used by Bangladesh Police. The mainly used vehicles are motorcycles and pickup trucks. However, there are also patrol cars, trucks, and buses bus in the fleet. Besides those, there are helicopters, Command Vehicles, Crime Scene Vehicles, Armored personnel carriers, Riot Vans, Water cannons, and aEvidence Collection Vans are used. Besides these, there are requisitioned public vehicles used in times of emergency.
Bangladesh Police has been criticised for having political influence in all levels, and the major decisions are taken under political conditions. Corruption is widespread among the law enforcement, with custody deaths and torture being prevalent. Journalists have been detained and sent to prison for publishing criticism of the ruling Awami League government, including the editor of the Amar Desh newspaper Mahmudur Rahman, who was sentenced to prison, where he spent more than nine months for publishing an anti-government story.
In 2016 January, Dhaka South City Corporation official was tortured by Dhaka Metropolitan Police members. In the same month a sub-inspector at DMP was accused of torturing and attempting to extort money from a Bangladesh Bank official. Bangladesh Police have been accused of being involved in crime including rape and murder. Bangladesh opposition party has accused the Police of being used to suppress the opposition parities. The accountability of the police has been question by the media. 230 Police officers in Barisal Metropolitan Police created a collective bribe fund for promotions. Bangladesh Police had faced criticism after telling secular bloggers to self-censure after the Attacks on secularists in Bangladesh. Wife of Avijit Roy had accused Bangladesh Police of Inactivity during the attack on her husband. British Government has faced criticism for its aid to Bangladesh Police which could be used to suppress dissidents.
The weapons used by Bangladesh police are:
- 9mm Pistols
- .303 Lee Enfield Rifle.
- .38 Smith & Wesson revolver
- Shotgun (12 Bore)
- 7.62 mm Chinese Rifle
- 7.62×51mm Heckler & Koch G3
- Tear Shell (Gas gun)
- 7.62 Sub-machine gun
- Gas grenade
- Pepper spray
Contribution to UN peace-keeping operations
Since its first mission in Namibia in 1989, the Bangladesh Police has contributed to numerous UN peace-keeping missions. In 2005, Bangladesh Police sent its first Formed Police Unit (FPU) to the UN Peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast.
List of completed and present UNPOL and FPU Peacekeeping missions participated by Bangladesh Police:
|Sl. No||Name of mission||Country||Period|
|10||UNAMET & UNTAET||East Timor||1999–2002|
|13||UNMIL||Liberia||2003 to till date|
|14||UNOCI||Ivory Coast||2004 to till date|
|16||MONUSCO||DR Congo||2005 to till date|
|18||UNAMID||Darfur||2007 to till date|
|20||UNMISS||South Sudan||2011 to till date|
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