A total of 230 members of police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have been awarded for the Bangladesh Police Medals (BPM) and President’s Police Medals (PPM) for their outstanding performance in law and order in 2020 and 2021.
Public Security Division’s Police Wing-2 of the ministry of home affairs issued a gazette notification on Thursday nominating 115 members of police and RAB for the BPMs and PPMs in 2020.
Besides, 25 personnel will get the BPM-Service and 50 the PPM-Service awards for their outstanding performance in unearthing mystery of important cases and controlling crimes, and for commendable contributions with skills, piety, integrity and disciplinary behavior.
In a separate notification on the same day, the Public Security Division’s Police Wing-2 also nominated another 115 members of police and RAB for the prestigious BPMs and PPMs for their outstanding performance in 2021. Of the awardees fifteen will receive the BPM-gallantry, 25 the PPM-gallantry, 25 the BPM-Service and 50 the PPM-Service awards.
Among the awardees, RAB director general (DG) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun has been nominated for BPM-gallantry award while the deputy commissioner for Motijheel division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Md Abdul Ahad was nominated for the BPM-service award-2021.
Initially, 360 police personnel were nominated for the awards, but the list had to be cut short after the order of the home ministry. The latest lists have now been sent to the home ministry for approval from the "Police Medal Verification Selection Committee" and will be approved in the form of a government order in a day or two, according to home ministry sources.
Assistant Inspector General (Media) of Police Headquarters Md Kamruzzaman said the Police Week will begin from tomorrow and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the first day of the ceremony virtually as the chief guest.
In 2021, some 15 policemen were primarily nominated for Bangladesh Police Medal, 25 for President's Police Medal, 25 for Bangladesh Police Medal Seba, and 50 for President's Police Medal Seba.
The Police Week did not take place in the past two years due to Covid-19, so the medals could not be awarded. So, this year, medals for both years will be awarded together. Earlier in 2018, some 349 policemen, the highest ever, were awarded for their meritorious contribution to the country and in 2019, some 118 policemen were awarded in four categories.