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* All police stations in northern Sri Lanka to record statements from residents in Tamil
Thu, Dec 26, 2013, 10:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 26, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Police Department says that all police stations in the Northern Province will have the facilities from January 2014 to record statements from the residents in Tamil.

DIG North Rohan Dias has told the Jaffna District Development Committee meeting that arrangements have been made in all police stations across the region to initiate the service of assisting residents in the North in the Tamil language.

The government has initiated a programme to educate public sector workers to be able to converse in Sinhala and Tamil. The police have also initiated the programme paying special attention to enable police personnel serving in the North to have a good knowledge of Tamil.

Sri Lanka police had deployed 900 Tamil police officers and 1,500 Sinhala police officers fluent in the Tamil language to police stations in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

The Police Department has taken measures to deploy more Tamil speaking police officers to the North and East in order to avoid miscommunications and delays due to the language barrier in carrying out services.

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