Modern police needed for Sri Lanka’s democratic transition

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s transition into a democratic society needs a modern, professional police force, focused on serving the community, said a senior diplomat from Britain which is supporting police training.

“Community policing and training development have been the two central themes of our engagement,” Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Laura Davies said.

“We remain very active supporting Sri Lanka’s move towards community policing, a journey which started for us with the Scottish Police College and now continues with The Asia Foundation.” 

The development of a professional, civilian police force, guarantor of law and order, and offering protection and assistance to all communities is a central element in building a better post-conflict Si Lanka, she said.

For the last three years the UK, through the Scottish Police College, has supported the development of new training programmes for the Sri Lanka Police, Davies said at the launch of a new ‘Professional Development Framework’ training program for the Sri Lanka Police. 

The police, she said, “has a huge role to play in Sri Lanka’s transformation to a more democratic society, strengthening the rule of law and helping build stability in a country still suffering the after effects of a long and terrible conflict.” 

Britain is supporting training both for new entrants to the Police College and more senior officers at the Police Academy.

“This training will help build a more professional police force,” Davies said.

The Scottish Police College are also training the police on crime scene investigation skills and interview techniques.
(COLOMBO, March 23, 2016)