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.