A five-day training entitled “Anti-Human Trafficking Course for First Responding Police Officers” ended on Thursday at the Forensic Training Institute (FTI), Criminal investigation Department Headquarters, Malibagh Dhaka, with a call to further improve the police response to human trafficking cases.
The workshop, organized by the USAID-funded and Winrock International implemented Bangladesh Counter Trafficking-In-Persons (BC/TIP) Program, was attended by 20 first-responding police officers of Inspector and Sub-Inspector rank, according to a press release.
The attendees received training in initial investigation duties, including ensuring the physical safety and legal rights of trafficking victims, best practices in interviewing victims, detecting and arresting trafficking suspects, securing crime scenes, and gathering and securing evidence for prosecution.
Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Addl. DIG (Forensic), Commandant of FTI, distributed certificates to the course participants as chief guest at a closing ceremony at CID headquarters.
In his speech, Azad said “This is a very important training for officers of the Bangladesh Police and I believe they will be able to utilize their learning in fighting against human trafficking.”
He further added that the Bangladesh Police gives a lot of importance to countering trafficking in persons, as it is a transnational crime. He further said that the duration of the training has been increased ion request of the participants and if needed, it will be increased more. He thanked USAID and Winrock International for their support in organizing such an important event.”
Derrick Brown, Mission Director, USAID, delivered remarks as a special guest, reaffirming the ongoing commitment of the US Government to work with the Government of Bangladesh on combating human trafficking.
Describing human trafficking as a heinous crime that takes away a person’s basic human rights, Brown expressed the hope that “these trainings supported by USAID will facilitate proper investigation, speedy prosecution and finally conviction of perpetrators of human trafficking.”
Liesbeth Zonneveld, Chief of Party, BC/TIP program, Winrock International, welcomed the guests at the closing ceremony, laying out the objectives of the program, which aims to work collaboratively with the Bangladesh government to reduce the prevalence of human trafficking and child marriage.
She mentioned that BC/TIP provides robust interventions in all four of USAIDs Counter Trafficking-In-Persons areas of emphasis: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership.
Shah Mahmud, Special Police Super, FTI, chaired the closing ceremony.
Bangladesh has been placed in Tier -2 Watch List on TIP report of the United States for the third consecutive year and one of the major reasons identified in the TIP report for Bangladesh’s placement in that level is lack of prosecution of conviction of traffickers.
BC/TIP has developed a training curriculum that is tailored to meet needs of specific law enforcement agencies. BC/TIP, in collaboration with the Forensic Training Institute (FTI) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Bangladesh Police has organized a series of six trainings for first responding police officers.