President Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasized that he will never allow de-valuing the police service, which protects law and order in the country.
The President mentioned this during a meeting with Police Special Task Force officers at the Temple Trees yesterday (Nov. 2). More than 5,000 police and special task force officers representing all areas of the island attended the meeting organized under the theme “The Progress of Sri Lanka Police during last 10 years”.
The President said that a service constitution would be introduced to streamline Police service in the future. He said that it would resolve issues related to promotions, salary increments and training opportunities.
The President said that many police officers have sacrificed their lives since the inception of Police Department in 1805. In 1988 600 police officers were massacred by LTTE terrorists. The people, who did not speak at that time, have now started to speak. We built up a country which will not pave the way for such betrayals again, the President said.
Mahinda Chintana Policy clearly states that the Police Department would not be devalued. That is why the budget this year proposed to create a service constitution for police, he further stated.
President Rajapaksa emphasized that Police have been strengthened by providing new technology and methodologies. The President said that the tasks of the Police Department at present are different from those in the past. ‘They have to engage in a wide range of work and the crimes are of different types. The criminals have progressed and police have to beat them by being more knowledgeable’ he said.
The President said that he believed training should be provided to all sectors.