Forty four (44) more Tamil Police Sub Inspectors and 110 Woman Sub Inspectors passed out from the Police Training School at a ceremonially Passing Out Parade held on 17th June.
In addition to the officers a batch of 215 Woman Police Constables also passed out at the ceremony after completing training at the PTS in Kalutara. The Woman Sub Inspectors batch also include a number of Tamil speaking officers as well.
The 44 Sub Inspectors will be posted to serve in Tamil speaking areas of the country. All officers and constables have been given a comprehensive training that includes language training as well.
Since the end of the humanitarian operation, the government has established over a dozen new police stations in areas once controlled by the LTTE.
The last major recruitment drive of Tamil Police officers was done in 1979 and subsequent drives elicited little or no response from the Tamil people, because the then LTTE prohibited anyone joining the security forces, police and threatened attacks on Tamils who joined them.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had authorized the recruitment of Tamil officers as part of Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process in the post-conflict era.