Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday called upon the members of the community police for working to prevent the criminal activities of juvenile gangs.
Due to the closure of educational institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic, young people had no work, and taking that advantage teenage gangs surfaced, he said.
The minister made the remarks when he addressed a discussion meeting to mark the Community Policing Day-2022 at the Bangladesh Police Auditorium in Rajarbagh in the city.
A colorful rally was organised from Dhaka Metropolitan Police Headquarters on Saturday morning to mark the day. The procession marched through streets and ended at the Rajarbagh Police Line.
The minister said that the task of community policing is to identify criminals before crimes are committed in the society, to collect information about criminals. We have been 100% successful in this regard, he said.
He also said that as a result of community policing, child marriages and eveteasing have reduced a lot in the society.
“There are still some challenges like illegal drugs…we need to do more on drug control,” he said.
“When we were faced with a difficult challenge in combating militancy and terrorism, the Prime Minister called upon the general people from all walks of life to stand up… During that time we saw phenomenal success,” he said.
“Nothing is impossible when the people are there,” he said.
Chaired by DMP Commissioner Mohammad Shafiqul Islam, the programme was also addressed among others, by IGP Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University A.M.S. Arefin Siddique, Additional IGP (Crime and Operations) of Police Headquarters Md Atiqul Islam, DMP Additional Commissioner AKM Hafiz Akhtar and Mirpur Model Police Community Policing Committee President Dewan Abdul Mannan spoke.