Friday, July 28, 2006
RAB air wing starts operations
The Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion's (RAB's) Air Wing commenced operations on the 2nd of this month with the assistance of the Bangladesh Air Force. The principal mission of this unit will be apprehending criminals, preventing terrorism and crime as well as providing air transportation for the RAB personnel.
Initially the Bangladesh Air Force Bell 212 helicopters are being utlised until the unit procures Bell or Eurocopter helicopters from the United States or Europe. New helicopters are expected to be delivered soon. The Air Force Bell 212 helicopters were used by RAB during the recent SAARC summit that was held in Dhaka.
The RAB Air Wing is commanded by Wing Commander Md. Badrul Ami, psc, GD (P) who is known as the "Director General (DG) RAB of Air Wing". The DG of RAB Air Wing flew a number of aircraft such as Fouga CM 170, L-39ZA, PT-6, F-6, FT-6, A-5C and MiG-29 fighter.
He served as Chief Instructor and Officer Commanding of the Flying Instructors School, BAF. Before joining RAB HQ on 27 jun 06, he was commanding a fighter squadron of BAF, at Chittagong. He is a graduate from Defence Services Command and staff College, Mirpur. He was also deputed in UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo where he worked as Air Field Manager and Air Ops Planning officer. He has attended a number of courses at home and abroad notably Hig-G, Chamber , JC&SC and Intelligence.
The headquarters of the air wing is located at the Zia International Airport in Dhaka.
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Friday, July 14, 2006
5 year modernisation & expansion underway for cops
11 July 2006Staff Correspondent, Dhaka
The Bangladesh Police has been undergoing a massive expansion and modernisation drive in the last few months to cope with the increase in crime and sophistication of criminals.
The current number of police in Bangladesh is 120,000 and the police to people ratio is 1:1200, which is one of the lowest in the world. To meet the shortfalls the government has approved the recruitment of 30,459 police officers of various ranks.
A new maritime police force, industrial police force, special women & children's investigation force will also be raised and also a new driving training school will be established as part of the traffic police department. Authorities also decided to establish Barisal Metropolitan Police (BMP) and Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP). New Police stations will also be built under a 5 year plan.
The government has purchased taka 350 crore worth of ammunition, firearms, modern patrol vehicles, armoured vehicles, secure digital communications systems and protective equipment to create an effective police force. More equipment will be purchased as when required. It has been learnt from sources inside the Police that the force procured 200 new modern patrol vehicles from Japan, a pre-shipment team inspected the vehicles before they were shipped to Bangladesh.
Recently Anwarul Iqbal has been appointed the IG of Police. He is the founding director of the Rapid Action Battalion, the most elite anti-crime force in Bangladesh.
A new anti-crime drive will be launched soon and computerised profiles will be used to trackdown on criminals. The drive will be performed by Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) forces.
Meanwhile, RAB is procuring modern helicopters from a Western country to establish its air wing, which will greatly increase the capabilities of Bangladeshi law enforcers in fighting crime.
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