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It is only on rare occasions that we come across police officers being commended or felicitated, Western Province (North) DIG Vass Gunawardene said at a ceremony to felicitate Mirihana Chief Inspector Eric Perera.

“This happens because police officers perform their duties away from the limelight aloof of the ordinary citizens,” he said.

The felicitation ceremony was organised by the Mirigama friendship organisation, the business community, drivers’ unions and voluntary organisations.

DIG Gunawardene said from the time Inspector Perera assumed duties as Mirigama OIC, the crime rate in the area had seen a steady decline and the drug menace has to a large extent been controlled.

“He does not work in a vacuum but by keeping in touch with the people and this had resulted in his ability to perform his duties successfully,” the DIG said.

He said when police officers are assaulted, the people lose the opportunity to bring their grievances to the police but instead approach those who assault the police for help.



“Society should be freedfrom the influence of extortionists, drug traffickers and murderers. This vital task requires capable officers like Inspector Eric Perera. Police officers who do have the backbone to perform their duties without fear or favour should leave the police service,” the DIG said.

Mirigama Sasanawardene Parivenadhipathithe Ven.Maradankalle Suseema Thera and parliamentarian Wasantha Senanayake also attended the function.




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  • Gaz Monday, 06 May 2013 06:49 AM

    Sir, in that case you have to fire yourself 1st and then rest of the department..

    Nirmal Fernando Monday, 06 May 2013 07:14 AM

    Sri Lanka need police officers like Vaas Gunawardena.....He is a great officer!!

    garawi Monday, 06 May 2013 10:01 AM

    The ones who have the back bone are fired straight away. It is a question of keeping the job and not whether have or not a back bone!

    Naman Monday, 06 May 2013 10:09 AM

    Police,Army,Navy,Airforce and intelligence officers are all under the King's thumb/feet! They have backbones and a skull without brains!

    Cham Monday, 06 May 2013 07:25 AM

    Well said,Mr. DIG

    Nath Tuesday, 07 May 2013 08:42 AM

    what back bone, this is one of the leading henchman of the government.

    Nice Monday, 06 May 2013 07:38 AM

    i wonder what happened during Pirabakaran time. All those police cops just runaway from his assault. Now talking big.
    stop thinking of bribe is the first step. all others will just follow through.

    surain Tuesday, 07 May 2013 05:36 AM

    or really soon you will be the principal of the police training school. then you teach all of them how to bend, how hide, how attack, how to runaway, how to get political fevers, how to worship politicians etc.........

    Andrzeja Monday, 06 May 2013 10:30 AM

    Where do you categorize policemen that salute murder suspects who are on bail?

    Yehiya Monday, 06 May 2013 10:37 AM

    What his son done the damage is more enough to leave police.

    cmblk Monday, 06 May 2013 08:11 AM

    Nthern Election is on way? Job handed over!

    siddique Tuesday, 07 May 2013 02:32 AM

    All innocent taxpayers of this country knew the real backbone
    and about the boneless bodies how they protect the law and order.

    Buffaloa Citizen Monday, 06 May 2013 11:26 AM

    and well behaved son and wife like his.

    ලන්කාපුතා Monday, 06 May 2013 09:00 AM

    Best catch of the police history....

    saradiyal Monday, 06 May 2013 06:17 AM

    Backbone to lick politicians boots, or to harass innocent people?

    Suq Madique Monday, 06 May 2013 06:18 AM

    Then explain why Latheef was transferred?

    seeni bola Monday, 06 May 2013 09:05 AM

    transfer order will come soon

    old citizen Tuesday, 07 May 2013 07:24 AM

    A drop of water in the ocean

    Nodrog Monday, 06 May 2013 06:20 AM

    Obviously this OIC only went after the criminals connected to the opposition while ignoring those connected to the ruling regime.

    upul Monday, 06 May 2013 09:14 AM

    Mewa Kiyanne Katada ???

    Rata Haraka Monday, 06 May 2013 06:24 AM

    "Police officers who do have the backbone to perform their duties without fear or favour should leave the police service,” the DIG said." - Hmmm..., genuine typo, or the truth coming out, even against his will? :-)

    Anil Monday, 06 May 2013 09:17 AM

    Shouldn't Vass set an example by leaving

    Nodrog Monday, 06 May 2013 11:54 AM

    Thanks for sharing the buffaloa-theory again?

    ANTON Monday, 06 May 2013 06:28 AM

    THEN NO ONE WILL BE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

    Dilrukshi Monday, 06 May 2013 12:03 PM

    Good one

    MM Monday, 06 May 2013 06:33 AM

    It seems very sooner he will lose his back-bone.....!!

    dev Monday, 06 May 2013 06:35 AM

    do you have one?

    El Monday, 06 May 2013 06:37 AM

    Mr. DIG, are you willing to interdict the police officers who waited and watched while goons attacked Fashion Bug? How about the police officer who saluted to an accused in a murder case?

    dev Monday, 06 May 2013 06:39 AM

    do you have a one?

    roy Monday, 06 May 2013 09:35 AM

    who is lathif

    MayIwin Silva Monday, 06 May 2013 09:39 AM

    As an officer gradually gets promoted in ranks it is good to see a surgeon and get removed a back bone each time, so you could easily bow-down towards politicians.

    Saman Monday, 06 May 2013 06:47 AM

    What about no shame? I heard something call example is better than precept.


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