Declaring 'zero tolerance' against corruption, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun has already given instructions to the field level officers to ensure transparency and accountability in police station activities.
The new police chief said as much during a meeting to exchange views with crime reporters at police headquarters on Tuesday, reports UNB.
Besides, Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, who joined as the new IGP on September 30, also said that the police force is "accountable and committed to the public in all of its activities".
The IGP said that activities aimed at reform, development and accountability of Bangladesh Police are ongoing. Examples of transparency and accountability in daily activities including recruitment, promotion and posting are already visible, he claimed.
“We will work with more determination and sincerity to ensure transparency and accountability in the future. I want to say unequivocally that our stance against corruption is Zero Tolerance,” he added.
He said the police station, which is the main centre of police service delivery, would be turned into "a place of public trust and confidence".
As the image of the police depends on "the behaviour of the police station", the IGP said that he has already given clear instructions to the field-level officers so that people can easily and fearlessly come to the police station, talk about their problems and receive the services sought.
The IGP gave his firm commitment to be more sincere and diligent in delivering services to the doorstep of the people. "For this the main and first task will be good manners and sincerely listening to the people and taking legal action very quickly. Any deviation in this regard will not be acceptable," he said in this regard.
When his attention was drawn to allegations of the police being used for political purposes, the new chief denied it forcefully, saying: "Police always perform all duties with professionalism. During the election, the police perform the duties assigned by the Election Commission."