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Honesty, integrity and eagerness are the traits you will need. If you have these in abundance, becoming a successful police officer should not be a problem.

Shamsunnahar is the Police Superintendent of Chandpur District. She has been involved in police services since she joined the BCS Cadre in 2001. She had served in the UN Office in Italy from 2009 to 2014 as a successful high ranking official. During her tenure from 2009 to 2010 in East Timor, she played a major role in developing the human resources of the law enforcement sector of the nation. She completed her Masters from Dhaka University in Political Science and MBA from Buckingham University in the UK. She is a seven time recipient of various awards for her services from the UN and a  three time recipient of the the National Award of the IGP Batch. She recently made Bangladeshi police history by becoming the first female police officer to lead a parade of a thousand troopers in the ‘National Police Week 2016’.

What is it like being a police officer who has been lauded for her work locally and internationally?
It’s been an honor to be awarded with the IGP Batch award thrice and the UN Award seven times. It shows that my work in the force is being recognized which is always good. Personally, it means that I have been upholding my responsibilities properly. There were challenges along the way but I motivated myself to overcome them.

What challenges have you faced during your time in this profession?
Law Enforcement has always been a challenging profession. However, I wouldn’t say that it has been that difficult for me since I got into this line of work. People say that it is even more difficult to make headway in this profession as a women but I would not agree with that. With adequate professional attributes anyone can progress in this line of work.
Honesty, integrity and eagerness are the traits you will need. If you have these in abundance, becoming a successful police officer should not be a problem.

Who are your inspirations?
While I was growing my parents helped me realize what my true calling was. After marriage, my husband has been my support system. Till this day my husband still encourages and inspires me to do my best in whatever task I take up.

What difference have observed between working woman in Bangladesh and other countries?
East Timor was plagued with violence and poverty but there were no differences between the working men and women of the country. Due to the poor state of East Timor, it didn’t have proper health or education facilities. It was quite different in Italy, where I worked as a UN staff. There I observed a multicultural environment which I had not seen in other countries. In comparison with other countries, our own society still has a long way to go as it does not always accept our women in every field of work.

What is your opinion regarding the development of women in Bangladesh?
We have a government which knows how important a role women can play in the economy. We have to capitalize on this opportunity. Our society, especially the families within it, must change their outlook. Women need to perform their responsibilities clearly. Obstacles like child marriages need to be removed as these things prevent women from establishing themselves as economic entities in our country. It doesn’t matter which profession they’re getting into, if they have the right capabilities with the right competency and confidence then one should be able to find success wherever she plies her trade.

What is your future plan?
My plans are simple. I want to perform my professional duties with perfection. Alongside this I would like to do something that would benefit the lives of other human beings. I wish to work for the country with the highest sense of integrity and honesty and see where that takes me.

 

 

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