Aug 08, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is set to introduce new reforms for Sri Lanka Police, the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe disclosed today.
He revealed the details of the initiative at the inauguration of Senior Police Officers' workshop on preventing terrorist activities and international crime in the South and Southeast Asian countries in Colombo Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
The three-day workshop organized jointly by the Interpol and Sri Lanka Police was inaugurated at the BMICH in Colombo today under the patronage of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe. Around 45 senior police officers representing India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines are participating in the workshop.
Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe noted that there are new challenges that police forces have to face in the world. Globalization, development of connectivity, the development of technology have changed the nature of maintaining law and order, he said.
The Premier said terrorism needs money and there is a relationship between the terrorism and part of the transnational crime, for instance, the use of terrorism in the sea, use of drugs to raise money. He said all these crimes are new in nature and the police have to retain its local character.
The Prime Minister said international police (Interpol) support should be further strengthened in combating crimes. He added that the Interpol can increase cooperation which has become more and more important in the face of new challenges to the police in enforcing law and order.
To bring the modernization in to all the services while keeping their peculiar characteristics is the problem the government has, he said adding that the government is looking at several areas - immigration, customs, police, the court system, the legal system- and ways to eliminate the delays.
The Premier said the Law and Order Minister and the Police in Sri Lanka are now taking the initiative to bring new reforms to the police and new law.
"The mechanism which is important for all of us here is the mechanism of Interpol for cooperation," he said adding that the proposal now is to establish a university for police and criminal justice.
"These are two important projects for Sri Lanka to strengthen law and order in the country," he said.
"With an audit done by the Interpol on actual cooperation taking place in the regions we should be able to increase the efficiency of police cooperation in our region," he added.
Expressing views at this conference, Law and order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said that Prime Minister inaugurating the workshop shows the emphasis the government of Sri Lanka is putting towards ensuring law and order for the people of the country as well as working with the region and the world in sharing.
"It is not only about connectivity and technology. It is also about the rights of the people," the Minister noted. He added that as the people modernize, the techniques that were used have to be modernized as well.
Sri Lanka is concentrating hard on developing a Police Force. Training takes a major portion of it and emphasis is on training as well as on the reform process of the Police, he said.