Model Thana inauguration, Rangpur

03 Sep 2012

Speech by Robert Juhkam
DCD (P), UNDP Bangladesh


Hon’ble Inspector General, Bangladesh Police, Mr. Hassan Mahmood Khandker, BPM, PPM, ndc,
Mr. Mokhlesur Rahman, BPM, Addl. IG, CID, Bangladesh Police and National Project Director, PRP
Mr. Binoy Krishna Bala, PPM, DIG, Rangpur Range, Bangladesh Police
Mr. Saleh Mohammad Tanvir, Superintendent of Police, Rangpur and Chairman of the Ceremony
The community members of Rangpur, colleagues from PRP project

Asalamalekum and a very good morning to all of you

Introduction -

1.    Very happy to participate in this important and yet another milestone achievement of this partnership between UNDP and the Bangladesh Police to make BGD safer and more secure for citizens and visitors alike

Recognise the notable Results achieved –

2.    PRP in partnership with Bangladesh Police has made remarkable achievements: the project introduced the First model thanas in BGD; the for the first time in BGD history the victim support centre was established through this project ( and which is now being replicated in Rangpur as well)

3.    Over 20,000 community policing forums have been established building closer working relationships between the police and the public

4.    The result of all these achievements is the conceptual shift from confessions-based prosecutions to evidence-based investigations

5.    I would like to take a moment to thank all of you involved with the PRP project, including the public gathered here today for your support and cooperation. These successes are a result of your commitment and therefore are your achievements.

6.    The program is designed to improve police-community engagement and create an environment that facilitates prevention of crime and equitable access to justice, particularly to women, girls and poor and vulnerable groups.

Sustainability/key messages

7.    Critical to ensure the programme achievements are  continued for long-term sustainability

8.    Sustainability requires national ownership (budgetary commitment, human resource commitment and structural changes); Happy to note that the ownership by the Police, and Government commitment through budget allocation are encouraging signs of sustainability beyond PRP;

9.    Important to ensure that the Police Act  which dates back to 1861 is updated in line with the current needs and aspirations of the people of BGD (Note: Legislative reform would be the most visible form of national commitment).

Closing

10.     Hopeful that the model thana will help meet the needs and expectations of the community and make Rangpur much more safer and secure for its residents

11.    Model Thanas are established to demonstrate how the police at Thana level can benefit the community and are dedicated to deliver policing service for the poor in their engagements with the local community.
 
12.     Reiterate the continued support of UNDP for improving the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the police and would like to call on your continued support and cooperation to make BGD safer and more secure.

A few lines in Bangla

Amee asha korbo elakar shobai thanar kaje aar police-ke sahajjo korben. (I hope that everyone around will assist in the working of the Thana and the Police.)

Police-er kache amar anurodh, tara shobaike bipoder shomoi-e shob rokomer sahajjo korben. (I would request the Police to help everyone in their time of need.)

Apnader shabaike anek dhannyabad. (Thank you all.)