Policing should have regional approach: home minister

New Age Online

The minister for home affairs, Asaduzzaman Khan, on Sunday said that regional policing under SAARC should be equipped with dynamic knowledge for facing challenges as crimes have also been globalised.
The minister said police departments in the region should have to look beyond their own territories to combat transnational crimes.
Khan made the statement as he addressed the opening session of a two-week international training course on ‘Transnational Crime: SAARC Perspective’ at Police Staff College in the city, reports United News of Bangladesh.
He said the style of policing has been shifted to more participatory, people-oriented and proactive given the widening spheres of crimes because of the direct effects of geopolitics.
The minister said this was the call of the time to be borderless in thoughts and spirits to address the cross cutting issues of contemporary crimes and challenges of current multifaceted democratic society.
‘Free market economy, emergence of new trends of terrorism-all these have caused a remarkable shift in the way of policing,’ he said.
Inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Hoque was present as special guest in the session. Rector of Police Staff College Fatema Begum presided over the opening session.
In his address , the IGP said all SAARC countries should take steps to prevent and counteract through appropriate domestic measures to prevent ideological mooring, social harbouring and financing in the form of charitable , social or religious goals.
Regional cooperation in this regard needs to be cemented to form a solid platform for launching any counter-terrorism initiative, he said.
Sixteen police officers, including two each from Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Bhutan have been participating in the international training course.

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