In an independent country like Bangladesh, its police force is supposed to be a friend of the public. The first and foremost duty of police is to ensure people’s welfare, peace and security through prevention of crimes. For ensuring a crime-free society, they are duty-bound to accurately register all complaints brought to them by concerned citizens.
After registering the complaints, the police personnel are supposed to investigate all cognizable offences brought to their notice through such complaints so that they can supply a copy of the First Information Report (FIR) to the complainant or his/her representative within the shortest possible time. And where appropriate, a police team will arrest the offenders and extend requisite assistance in the prosecution of the offenders. In the process, a sense of security can be created among the masses.But, in many instances, the members of police are found to be negligent to their duties spelling trouble for the public. At least the lead story of yesterday’s Daily Sun testifies to it. According to the story, most general diaries (GDs) filed with the police countrywide seeking investigations into different criminal activities remain uninvestigated. The bad practice often results in repetition of offences. Moreover, a number of complainants fell victims to murder, rape, acid attack and other types of cruelty due to police laxity which is, no doubt, shameful and at the same time most unfortunate.
As per law, a District Magistrate is entitled to exercise constant supervision over the prevention and detection of crime, for the proper conduct of which he/she is ultimately responsible. An important part of his/her duty is to inspect the police stations of his/her district at regular intervals. It is not necessary for him/her to examine the details of the working of the department, but he/she should give special attention to the general diary and the manner in which it is written up and the recording of vital statistics. So, police lapses should be dealt with, otherwise public safety and security will remain ever elusive.