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Special Task Force Commandant Senior DIG M.R. Latiff will retire today (February 4) after 41 years in service.

He assumed duties as the STF Commandant on August 19, 2016, and was the 11th Commandant of the STF.

Senior DIG Latiff, was scheduled to retire February 5, last year but was given one-year service extension by the then President Maithripala Sirisena.

He joined the Sri Lanka Police as a Sub Inspector on January 15, 1979 and joined the STF on February 7, 1984 as one of the first members of the STF, which was established on March 1, 1983.

During the 41-year-long service, he has held the post of Commanding Officer, Director of Terrorism Investigation Division and Director of VIP Protection prior to being appointed as the STF Commandant in 2016.

In addition to the duties as the STF Commandant, SDIG Latiff was also appointed as the Crimes, Organized Crimes and Narcotic Prevention Division in-charge and contributed towards eradicating the drug menace from the country.

Under his leadership, over 1,000 kilograms of heroin, Cannabis and large stocks of refuse tea had been seized by the STF during raids carried out across the country.

Accordingly, a mammoth heroin haul of 278 kilos valued at more than Rs. 3,336 million which was the largest heroin haul in Sri Lanka, seized from Dehiwala in a joint operation carried out by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) and the Special Task Force (STF).

Following his contribution, he was awarded the Janadhipathi Police Weeratha Padakkama, Police Weeratha Padakkama, Purna Bhumi Padakkama, Vishishta Seva Padakkama, President’s Inauguration Medal, 125th Anniversary Medal, 50th Independence Anniversary Commemoration Medal, East Humanitarian Operation Medal, First Aid Medal and 150th Anniversary Medal.

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  • Shihan Tuesday, 04 February 2020 05:52 PM

    Best wishes on your retirement... fearless officer

    Mohamed Munabeer Wednesday, 05 February 2020 10:23 AM

    Muslims have played key role to eradicate terrorism from Sri Lanka but some of ilitrated people don't think about this incident

    Zulkifli Nazim Wednesday, 05 February 2020 10:45 AM

    We are very proud to have a high-ranking police officer of his calibre who has done true service both to the police and the people of this country. We are sad to see him go - but we sincerely, whole-heartedly wish him a happy and a peaceful retirement. Kudos to you Mr. Latiff.

    NIHAL BERNARD DHARMATILEKE Wednesday, 05 February 2020 12:58 PM

    I am angry that officer Latiff was not given an extension of service.Excellent service men step down when they reach retirement age while incompetent useless people still remain in their seats, I suggest officer Latiff to start a private detective firm so we can get his services further. Wish you luck.

    Anura jayatissa Wednesday, 05 February 2020 01:30 PM

    Very sad retirement to good officer andthe gentleman . We all very proud of you !God bless you Mr Latiff ! (from paris)

    S G Mohamed Thursday, 06 February 2020 07:26 AM

    Hats off to you for the commendable and illustrious service displayed in your tour of duty.


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