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Inspector General of Police (IGP) N. K. Illangakoon has emphasised the need for the police to work closely and engage with the public in order to win their respect.

Speaking at an event organised by the Inspectors Association he also went on to say that although many good work and investigations are carried out by the police, one unfortunate incident paves way for the public to criticise the entire police.

The inspectors association which comprises nearly 8,500 inspectors in different categories commended the efforts taken by the IGP to appoint a committee to look into a number of proposals made by the association which includes making the police department a special department because, after the army it was police that made a  lot of sacrifices. It will also help policemen get salary increments.

The importance and need to have a retirement scheme for policemen when they complete 22 years of service to the Police Department is the main proposal the association is lobbying with respective authorities at the moment.

Currently the police department is going through a massive restructuring programme to increase the capabilities and efficiency of the department.

A committee on police restructuring and supervision is looking into malpractices and inefficiency at police stations and complaints about shortcomings and negligence caused by police stations.
 
The committee will take steps to evolve a mechanism to provide a satisfactory service to the public and also to reduce shortcomings in the police that cause hardships to the public. (Supun Dias)


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  • Dave Fernando Thursday, 06 October 2011 04:47 AM

    At least an effort is been made than sitting dumb,

    Good governance right from the Top matters a lot.
    Dave.

    Soththi Sira Thursday, 06 October 2011 05:00 AM

    Ya. I too tried to complain thro' 'Tell IGP'. It asks for my NIC No., address, contact no., e.mail address, etc. etc. I gave up tired.

    Samanalaya Thursday, 06 October 2011 05:08 AM

    We criticize our Police because we interact with them during our daily routine. I appreciate the good work they do and what have been done in the past to protect us from the evil LTTE. They have a good slogan 'People Friendly Police', which I have personally seen inside Police Stations. A few thug-type police personnel and the traffic cops who indirectly ask for bribe is a menace to our Police Dept. Traffic cops are the most who interact with the general public, hence they should be trained well and should be disciplined. Hats off to the brave Police personnel.

    Roshan Thursday, 06 October 2011 05:28 AM

    Same dialog repeated by many Police (IGP) officers as soon as they assume duty.

    chitra. Thursday, 06 October 2011 06:03 AM

    Well said Sir,not to behave like a pack of wolves.

    nawala nihal Thursday, 06 October 2011 06:13 AM

    police will get close if you have money...

    nilanthie Thursday, 06 October 2011 06:20 AM

    independent police force as in civilised countries required.

    A. Ramzi Wednesday, 13 February 2013 01:31 PM

    My 80 years old mother was brutally Murdered on 9.Jan.2012. at Gangaboda road Piliyandala. now 2 year passed police department played a good games now the same thing happaning with Mirihana ploice. the murders selling drugs for the Mudalali ....... taking care of the Police.

    KOSSA Wednesday, 05 October 2011 03:55 PM

    I DO NOT LIKE THEM TO BE TOO CLOSE, YOU WILL BE PUSHED INTO THE WATER !

    lankatarzan Wednesday, 05 October 2011 04:20 PM

    Yes, they need to, but do they...?

    cham` Thursday, 06 October 2011 07:54 AM

    It is utmost responsibililty of the police to protect the victim or in deed the offender until the court decides the fate. Police should pay compensation and take the police officers into court when a person been injured or killed while in their custody.

    C.K. Lankaputhra Wednesday, 05 October 2011 04:36 PM

    Will be difficult with fire arms in hand

    Senaka Ranasinghe Wednesday, 05 October 2011 04:50 PM

    Hypocrisy??The complaint I forward through the Tell IGP, internet facility about the misuse of police authority on a poor three wheel taxi driver, ended up only with I being given a reference number. In this I forewarned that these type of actions of few police personals aggregate the already sour relationships. But looks like the department swept this complain down the carpet and reaping its fruits.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 05 October 2011 05:13 PM

    The way things are going, the public would shudder even the thought of getting close to a policeman as the next thing one hears would be that the man has died under unfortunate circumstances.

    Rosh Wednesday, 05 October 2011 06:16 PM

    I think they already work too close as a few got killed in the same mysterious manner. Its better to have the police at arm's length

    kalum Wednesday, 05 October 2011 06:28 PM

    sri lankan police has no behaivier

    Jayendra Thursday, 06 October 2011 08:53 AM

    Dear IGP may I suggest to you to uplift and maintain the lost dignity of the Police Force.I personally have the experience of Police atrocities and unwanted action by the Police.Do you really mean that only a handfull of Police Personnel resort to all Bribery and Corruption.No it's the other way about.Only a handful do not resort to all that.They take the mean advantage of their uniform.They have forgotten the fact that once they leave the Police Force, they are like deflated tyres.

    Since of late many suspects sunder Police coustdyhad died under mysterious conditions..To overcome this situation,I suggest that when ever a suspect is taken to trace the hidden weapons ,a close relative of the suspect to be accompanied.Then the Public will have confidence in the Police.Further only Police personnell in uniform should be employed for arresting the suspects and not thge plain clothes men


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