Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed has provided protective gears to Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to ensure the personal safety of police personnel while on duty.
The IGP handed over the equipment to DMP Commissioner Mohammad Shafiqul Islam at the police headquarters (PHQ) on Saturday afternoon.
A number of police personnel have been infected with coronavirus in recent days. Police are trying to ensure social distancing and keep people indoors to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But a large number policemen work without wearing proper safety gears.
Necessary protective gears have been provided to all police units from the PHQ. In addition, financial grants have been provided to all units for buying safety equipment, said Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of PHQ Md Sohel Rana.
The demand for protective gear among police personnel is increasing due to current coronavirus situation. To meet this demand, the DMP has been provided with security equipment in continuation of the supply of security equipment, he said.
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The gears include 50,000 masks, 2,000 bottles of sanitiser, 2,000 eye protectors, 1,000 face shields and 15,000 reusable PPEs, the AIG added.
Senior police officials were present at the time.