Police a friendly service under five year plan
Mahinda Balasuriya who assumed duties as the 32nd IGP said he is
committed to fulfil his responsibilities well by implementing a five
year plan to transform the Police service into a friendly professional
and dignified Police service.
Under this plan, the Police service will create an environment for
all citizens to enjoy a free and independent life. The new IGP said so
addressing a press conference at the Kandy DIGs office on Saturday.
Balasuirya said vast responsibilities have been cast on him as the
new IGP while implementing the President’s Mahinda Chinthana program. He
is bound to carry out the directives issued by the Defence Secretary and
the Government while performing these responsibilities. He would work
for the welfare of the people and take steps to redress the grievances
of his rank and file as well. He expected the support and co-operation
of the entire Police force numbering nearly 85,000 to perform these
He said a copy of his five year plan has been submitted to the
President. He would always perform his functions according to the
framework of the plan.
Fielding a question raised by a journalist, Balasuriya said he would
try to redress the grievances and attend to the needs of the Police
force within three months. Promotions would be granted on the basis of
merit and seniority.
Steps would also be taken to improve the knowledge and professional
standards of the Police force. Several training courses for Policemen
have been already launched. A batch of 500 policemen would be selected
for a senior investigators training course. Staff attached to crimes
divisions of Police stations would be given a months training on crime
work. Special emphasis would also be laid on improving discipline among
the Police force as discipline had deteriorated to a certain extent
The IGP said his office would be open to the public on Friday between
11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. and for Policemen on the first and last Monday
every month to personally look into their problems. He also hoped to
launch a public relief centre at the Police headquarters which would
function round the clock to attend to peoples problems. Senior DIG
Gamini Navaratne, DIG Pujith Jayasundara, DIG Jayantha Gammanpila and
other officials attended the conference.