The Police Department is planning to take a number of steps this year to increase its efficiency and move closer to the public by introducing a number of people friendly initiatives under the directions of Inspector General of Police (IGP) N.K. Illangakone.
The police department plans to connect all the police stations via the internet to enhance the exchange of data and to provide information to the general public.
It also plans to start a service where the public can pay fines for violating traffic laws via SMS.
Special attention will be given this year to police promotions and transfers according to the guidelines mentioned in the Public Services Commission.
As a rise in road accidents were detected last year, a special programme will be implemented for motorists and pedestrians by the traffic police in order to build awareness. The police will take steps to combat organised crimes thereby being able to curb criminal activities.
IGP Illangakone also said that the CCTV cameras will be modernised so as to identify individuals (Automated facial recognition) and to identify vehicle numbers (Automated number plate recognition).
Training and educational facilities for policemen will be strengthened this year to create a professional police service in the country. These vital steps were mentioned by the police chief in his New Year message to the public and the police. (Supun Dias)