Barisal City is an old port on the Kirtankhola, former Ariel Khan on the northern shore of the Bay of Bengal in southernBangladesh and it is 142 km (373 km by road) far from capital city Dhaka. It is now the headquarters of both the Barisal Division and the Barisal District. The city consists of 30 wards and 50 mahallas. The area of the town is 20 km².Barisal municipality was established in 1957 and was turned into a City Corporation in 2000.
Barisal City has one police academy