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Beauty tips for Bangladesh police

By Mark Dummett
BBC News, Dhaka

Bangladesh women police officers wait for driving lessons - photo 31 July
Bangladesh police authorities want their officers to be presentable

New police recruits in Bangladesh have been given advice on how to smarten up their act.

One of the country's leading beauticians has been giving them advice on what to wear and how to look.

The idea, the deputy head of Bangladesh's top police academy says, is to turn this batch of new recruits into "world class police leaders".

They have received lessons in grooming, personal hygiene, physical fitness, skin-care, diet and dining etiquette.

Kaniz Almas Khan, who runs a chain of smart beauty parlours in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, as well as in Thailand, was invited to show the new recruits how to wear clothes in matching colours.

'Smell is important'

She also gave the 140 men and women a lesson in how to choose a good perfume or aftershave.

I was surprised to be asked, but it's great that people are becoming more conscious of their looks
Kaniz Almas Khan

She was quoted by the French news agency AFP as saying that the male officers were just as keen as the female officers, if not more, on looking good.

"I was surprised to be asked, but it's great that people are becoming more conscious of their looks," she said.

Mazharal Haque, vice principal of Sharda Police Academy in Rajshahi, said: "We invited a top beautician to give lessons on personal grooming to the newly recruited police officers so they could become world-class police leaders."

The idea was to make them fit to serve in United Nations peacekeeping missions anywhere on the planet.

The beautician had "taught them what type of perfume they will use because smell is important", the vice principal added.

"It is important for our officers to be presentable whether in uniform or civilian dress."

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