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High praise for PNB from American drug law enforcement officers

by Panduka Senanayake and Asanga Warnakulasooriya

Two American drug law enforcement officers on a mission to assist the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) to upgrade its services saw for themselves the efficiency of the PNB following the detection of 10 kilos of heroin and the arrests of five suspects on Thursday.

"It is tremendous work on the part of the PNB," said Gary Barr and Tim Delaney from the US Department of Justice who inspected the drug haul at the PNB headquarters yesterday. Already US$ 377,000 has been approved by the US Government to be allocated for the upgrading of the PNB which would include training of personnel and the supplying of equipment, Director PNB, SSP Pujitha Jayasundera said.

The visit of the American officers is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice's International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Programme (ICITAP). During their visit, Barr and Delaney discussed with the PNB evolving law enforcement challenges, including ways to develop a corps of professional managers who can bring modern managerial principles, concepts, and skills to the Bureau, it said.

The team has over 56 years of combined police experience. Prior to working for ICITAP they were senior police managers.

They have developed programmes in more than thirty countries, and conducted law enforcement assessments in the United States and in international settings, the release added.

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