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Community Policing Assessment: Progress and Opportunities in Bangladesh
Over the last two decades, community policing has gained increasing international attention as a means for enhancing public security through police-citizen partnerships. In Bangladesh, initial efforts, led by the Bangladesh Police, started as early as 1992 in Mymensing and Natore Districts, and then spread to other parts of Bangladesh. Eventually, this work was strengthened through a 2008 national strategy for community policing, instituted by the then Inspector General of Police. Over time, these reform efforts have been supported by a range of development partners, including: The Asia Foundation, most recently by working with 518 police-created Community Policing Forums (CPFs) in the Rangpur and Rajshahi Divisions, with financial assistance from USAID; the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), through the Police Program launched in January 2005; and the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), based out of the U.S. Department of Justice, predominantly through training in community policing and other areas.