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Colombo - (Daily Mirror) - The prolonged saga of appointing a new Inspector General of  Police (IGP) has reached a critical juncture, leaving the country’s law  enforcement in a state of uncertainty and raising concerns about the  government’s ability to address rising crime rates.   

The current IGP, Chandana Wickramaratne, has been granted  multiple extensions of service despite objections from the  Constitutional Council, which is responsible for vetting and approving  high-level appointments.   
Wickramaratne’s term as the IGP ended on June 26 this year  after a couple of extensions. Then the President granted him three  months extension twice and twice 3-week extension.  Sources said that President Ranil Wickremesinghe is likely  to grant C.D. Wickramaratne another service extension, the fifth  extension, despite the criticisms and objections.    

These extensions have been met with criticism from various  quarters, including the opposition, legal experts, and civil society  groups, who view them as a disregard for constitutional norms and a  violation of the public’s right to a competent and accountable police  force.   

Meanwhile, crime rates in Sri Lanka have been on the rise,  with incidents of shootings, robbery, assault, and drug-related offences  increasing in recent months. This surge in crime has heightened public  anxiety and raised questions about the effectiveness of the police force  under its current leadership.   

The President’s failure to appoint a new IGP amidst these  pressing concerns has been met with widespread dismay. Many believe that  the prolonged delay in selecting a suitable candidate is indicative of a  lack of political will and a failure to prioritise public safety.   

The opposition claimed that the lack of a permanent IGP  could demoralise the police force, leading to a decline in performance  and a decrease in public trust.   

The public’s confidence in the police force is already at a  low, and the failure to appoint a new IGP could further erode this  trust. The IGP crisis could contribute to political instability and  undermine the government’s credibility.   
The government must prioritise the appointment of a  competent and respected police chief to restore public confidence,  address rising crime rates, and uphold the rule of law.     

    

  • Meanwhile, crime rates in Sri Lanka have been on the rise,  with incidents of shootings, robbery, assault, and drug-related offences  increasing in recent months
  • The public’s confidence in the police force is already at a  low, and the failure to appoint a new IGP could further erode this  trust

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  • Jude Saturday, 25 November 2023 07:09 AM

    මූ පල් හොරෙක් ඔව් මුන් දෙන්නම!!

    Hello Hello Saturday, 25 November 2023 07:36 AM

    SL has a so called president who doesn't have the guts to appoint a IGP. What do you expect from ministers and other high officials. Totally inefficient government.

    Terrence K Saturday, 25 November 2023 07:52 AM

    The present IGP was overlooked in his promotion which resulted in a Junior down the line promoted and thereafter what took place with no one taking responsibility to the Easter Sunday bombing of many places. Although the Public are clamouring for a new IGP what the country needs is a dynamic IGP who will be impartial irrespective of one's standing in society. Many down the line in the Police force want to occupy this slot who are lackeys of the ruling politicians which should not happen as the saying goes 'HASTE MAKES WASTE'

    VRAJ Saturday, 25 November 2023 08:18 AM

    THE COLOMBO AUTHORITY SO MUCH POLITICS IN SELECTING AN IGP. HOW WILL THEY DO THE NORTHEAST POLICE POWER?

    sam Saturday, 25 November 2023 08:30 AM

    What a govt unable to appoint a successor to a retired police officer

    Ram Saturday, 25 November 2023 08:53 AM

    President appears to be doing anything unconstitutional for his survival. Appointment of IG and failure to hold Local elections are examples

    Onlooker Saturday, 25 November 2023 09:14 AM

    This has nothing to do with right or wrong but UNP/SLPP power politics. Apparently Tiran wants Deshabandu while VVIP against it. This is dirty work afoot.

    Fools paradise Saturday, 25 November 2023 09:28 AM

    Sadly we live in a country where it's not possible to find a head of police. Either they are corrupt or retarded.

    Christo255 Saturday, 25 November 2023 09:53 AM

    Who is the lesser of 2 evils. CP or Deshabandu? Now it appears everyone has forgotten about the SLPP attacking the aragalaya. Who was leading them in front, of course Deshabandu. RW in this is right.

    Waco Saturday, 25 November 2023 10:43 AM

    This president can not appoint an IGP. It shows his capabilities.

    Jamila Saturday, 25 November 2023 12:59 PM

    Everything done by enlightened with the support of all religious sensation in the island where Mainas eat Ranila species are correct. Eat what you have, wait for the next...

    Buddhist Saturday, 25 November 2023 10:08 PM

    Why is Ranil so scared of Tiran? Why can't Ranil appoint someone other than Deshabandu who is supported by Tiran? What is the hold Tiran has on Ranil?

    dana Sunday, 26 November 2023 06:09 AM

    All senior police officers who were got the information of Easter Sunday 2019 behaved so unprofessionally to do something to avoid it but later did many things to distance themselves from the responsibility, non of these those Montessori standard officers fit to IGP posts

    Sambo Tuesday, 28 November 2023 07:42 AM

    Until your time is over you will have to give extensions to the IGP.

    Hadiran Tuesday, 28 November 2023 08:29 AM

    I feel president does not have courage and straight forward quick dicision making ability to appoint an IGP in order to curb rising unprecedented murder and crime rates in the country

    Susan Tuesday, 28 November 2023 09:39 AM

    Well, as announced elections next year,just in couple of months, RW and his cohorts need turmoil in the country, to rig votes, successfully, with the rising crime rate under this IG, would be better,if selecting better suit desabandu is impossible

    Plato Wednesday, 29 November 2023 01:33 AM

    Does this mean that if the incumbent retires then we have no one of his calibre to replace down the rank? If it is so, then there is something terribly wrong in the way SL Police force has been relied upon to safeguard public in this country. Succession should be something that should be organically grown and if it fails then look for the reason and rectify it. Prolonging someone's position by blocking other deserving candidates does not win hearts or minds.


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