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* Sri Lanka police set up special unit in North to fight crime
Tue, May 4, 2010, 11:21 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have set up a special unit to fight crime and vice and to maintain close interaction with the resettled people, visitors and state officials in the North, the government announce Tuesday.

Over 10 percent of policemen from all police stations in the Northern Province are deployed to this Special Criminal Intelligence Unit.

The unit is tasked with carrying out patrolling and mobile services in almost all areas in the province including the main Jaffna-Kandy A9 Highway.

With the conclusion of the decades long war last May and the opening of A-9 highway the war-battered northern region, especially the Jaffna peninsula has become a hub of activity with tourists and businesses.

Reportedly with the introduction of several programs by police there is a dramatic drop in crimes in the Province. The police have set up Development Committees in every police station in the province while sports and recreational activities have also improved with the establishment of youth organizations in each village.

Police officers in the Northern Province have improved in detecting, investigating, and reporting crimes, the government says.

Meanwhile, officers who are qualified in the traffic laws have been posted to all police stations on the A9 Highway as Traffic OICs and a special program has been implemented to educate the public on the traffic code.

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