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* Sri Lanka police to establish a special unit to fight drug menace
Sun, Feb 23, 2014, 08:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka police will establish a special police unit at each police station in the country to rev up the measures to curb crimes related to narcotics and other underground activities.

The Inspector General of police N.K. Ilangakoon has said the objective of these special police units is to prevent illegal activities such as bribery and corruption that are being carried out due to narcotic trade and other underground crimes.

Under the new initiative, special crime bureau activities that have been carried out under the police headquarters will be assigned to these special units, the IGP has told the state run radio.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police Mahesh Perera has been appointed to take charge of the new crime bureau. Steps have also been taken to recruit 1,000 police officers.

The Police will also introduce an automated fingerprint system in order to identify criminals, the Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana meanwhile said.

The new system, developed by the IT Department of the University of Colombo, will be introduced next week, the spokesman said.

According to SSP Rohana information on over 370,000 criminals stored at the police department will be included in the database and the police will be able to confirm the records of criminals within minutes after issuing a police report.

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