New ýmage from Bangladesh police

Seeking to spruce up its image and gain people confidence, Bangladeshi police are bravely adopting a series of reform measures to fight corruption and offer new services to citizens.

New ýmage from Bangladesh police

"We want to see that the people have some confidence in police and so I have asked my officers to act accordingly," Chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Naeem Ahmed told Reuters on Monday, March 12.

In the past, people were going to police stations only as a last resort.

Officers used to get bribe, through a broker, before offering any service to citizens.

"I agree with the allegations, it's not a secret. But from now on you will see a different police. We will change the hundred-year old image," Naeem said.

He added that now the brokers are gone and in their place are service desks staffed by friendly police who record complaints and give advice to citizens what to do next.

The new change is part of a national army-led drive to cleanse politics and the government of corruption to pave way for a free-and-fair election.


"We want to see that the people have some confidence in police," Naeem said. (Reuters)

More than 60 political leaders, including nine former ministers with links to both the outgoing Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the opposition Awami League, have been detained over allegations of graft and abuse of power.

The Paris-based global crime watch-dog Transparency International ranked Muslim-dominated but secular country the most corrupt for four years in a row.

The South Asian country, home to 144 million, has a history of instability since winning independence from Pakistan in 1971.


Every police station in Dhaka, a city of 10 million, will have a service desk, Naeem said.

The officers will receive citizens, record and investigate their complaints. They will also offer advice to people on various issues.

The change is already wining back the hearts and minds of people, thronging police stations seeking help on a variety of grievances, some of which are not the purview of police.

"I am here to seek police help and advice because I am unable to admit my son to a school of my choice," resident Salina Begum told Reuters at a Dhaka police station.

"The school authority has asked for a huge sum of money to enroll my child," she said, without naming the school.

"I explained everything and they (police) have assured to investigate the matter immediately."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16