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CMA proposes mental health assessment for police officers

16 June 2017 05:15 am - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Police officers who lose their temper while on duty should undergo a mental health assessment on a regular basis to prevent unnecessary assaults on motorcyclists, the Ceylon Motorcyclists' Association (CMA) said yesterday.

They submitted a video clip to IGP Pujith Jayasundara that went viral on social media showing a traffic police officer attacking a motorcyclist.

CMA Secretary Chirantha Amarasinghe said a few mentally ill patients attached to the police department tarnished its reputation by conducting themselves in an unruly manner.

Posting a video of a motorcyclist being assaulted by two traffic police officers last Monday, the CMA requested relevant authorities to initiate an investigation into the police officers’ behaviour.

Responding to these allegations, Police Spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said the police personnel would undergo a training programme which would help them control their emotions.

He said the Police Department did not consider the statements made by certain groups seriously and that the CMA was not in a position to advise the police.

“We believe our officers are receiving fair training. Therefore, we deny the charges levelled by the CMA. They want to create a tense atmosphere among the people. They also try to advise the President at times,” DIG Jayakody said.

He said the Police Department was bound to maintain Law and Order, and was not concerned about any baseless allegations levelled by these groups. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 10

  • Double Sira Friday, 16 June 2017 09:01 AM

    its a good move. Need to do the same for bus drivers and conductors too. There should be help line for any advice. I know a case where mother approached women bureaus. Counsellor completely took man's side . Man threatened the woman that he will murder in front of the OIC . Counsellor worte th report favour of the man ( many be a political influence). OIC has told men are like this and you being a woman should listen to man .

    lankaman Friday, 16 June 2017 09:09 AM

    IGP will fail this test

    Perera Friday, 16 June 2017 09:28 AM

    Good idea. Apply the same test to CMA people to see how many will pass.

    OTHERS ALSO Friday, 16 June 2017 09:31 AM


    Freddy Yang Friday, 16 June 2017 09:42 AM

    To say that a few police officers are mentally ill is a stunning thing to say. This throws a glaring insinuation that the Police Department is having mad men among its force.We expect the IGP to made a public statement on this.

    Bala Friday, 16 June 2017 11:15 AM

    Similarly it may do good to assess the Motor Cyclists before giving them a licence as they do not care a hoot for the Traffic Rules.

    bandara Friday, 16 June 2017 11:28 AM

    its good move, undergo treatments

    Suren Sarathkumara Friday, 16 June 2017 12:01 PM

    How does he says the allegations are baseless when the video shows clearly the police metal patients are assaulting unarmed civilian?

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Friday, 16 June 2017 01:19 PM

    How can the "allegation be baseless" if there is a video to prove it? The police spokesman should also undergo a mental assessment as well as a basic English test.

    yahiya Friday, 16 June 2017 08:19 AM

    Same way drivers also have to go mental assessment every three years. Country had major shortage of clinical psychiatric physicians.

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