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Some MPs are up in arms against the decision by the security authorities that their security personnel should wear uniforms while being on duty, the Daily Mirror learns. 

After the shooting incident in Kolonnawa on the day of polling, the government made it compulsory for all security personnel deployed for duty to guard MPs across the political divide to wear uniforms.

Asked about the matter, UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said that these security personnel are sometimes required to be on duty with the VIP concerned for 10 to 15 hours at a stretch, and therefore, it was impossible for them to be clad in uniforms for such long hours.

“These poor police officers have only one or two uniform kits. It is difficult for them to use them all the time. There are no facilities for them to wash them regularly either. We sometimes start our work early in the morning and go on till midnight. For such long hours, how can they remain in uncomfortable uniforms?” he asked.

Mr. Jayasekera said that the government could not erase this violent political culture by asking VIP security personal to wear uniforms.

He said that a large number of colleagues were unhappy about this decision.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror learns that a government politician hailing from Polonnaruwa had apparently protested against this decision by the government. He had reportedly declined to keep security personnel unless they were allowed to wear normal clothes during duty hours. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Dilan Monday, 17 October 2011 10:18 PM

    Then how abt other police officers working in the field?

    sura Tuesday, 18 October 2011 12:29 AM

    I'm agree with that

    Navin Tuesday, 18 October 2011 12:02 PM

    "These poor police officers have only one or two uniform kits. It is difficult for them to use them all the time. There are no facilities for them to wash them regularly either."

    Nodrog Tuesday, 18 October 2011 12:08 PM

    If they can pay for personal body-guards why cant they spend a bit on uniforms?

    Wazir Sourjah Tuesday, 18 October 2011 03:59 AM

    VIP Security or Protective security details all over the world are deployed in civvies. There are several 'professional operational' reasons for this. These impromptu changes may impede and compromise professional protection methods. It's up to the IGP and other VIP security protection specialists in the Police department to advise their masters accordingly. A single incident, though tragic should not prompt changes in operational procedures.

    sanath R Tuesday, 18 October 2011 04:30 AM

    It is a good decision. All armed security personnel should be in their uniforms. Very surprised to see the lame excuses given, which could be resolved. It is a must that they should be attaired in their uniforms to have their identity established and to ensure that no unauthorised personnel are accommodated.

    Bodyguard Tuesday, 18 October 2011 05:06 AM

    These excuses are not acceptable.No MPs or Ministers work that long for the benefit of the people.If the security guards don't have enough uniforms,these Ministers or MPs can provide them at least once a year,if they really need their services and they treat them well.Othyerwise,there is no doubt,they want to have thugs around them.

    modaya Wednesday, 19 October 2011 05:48 AM

    simple answer - Give them a new uniform ?


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