A five-day training titled "Anti-human trafficking course for first responding police officers" ended today at the Forensic Training Institute (FTI) of the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters in Dhaka.
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.
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.
Derrick Brown, mission director of 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, he expressed the hope that "these trainings supported by USAID will facilitate the proper investigation, speedy prosecution and finally conviction of perpetrators of human trafficking."
The workshop ended with a call to further improve the police response to human trafficking cases.