Sept 08, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government is taking steps to establish a strong police force in the country and the relevant background has been prepared.
Addressing the ceremony held to mark the 151st anniversary of the establishment of the Sri Lankan police service at Bambalapitiya Police Park Police Field Headquarters Thursday the Premier said the Sri Lanka Police should take action with the main aim of combating narcotics and armed criminal gangs and the government extends its fullest support towards this end.
The Prime Minister who arrived at the Police Field Headquarters as the Chief Guest was welcomed by the Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake and the Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera. He presented awards to police officers who displayed excellent skills in 2016.
The Premier told the large gathering that all necessary measures will be taken to strengthen rule of law and the government also has taken steps to establish national unity in the country.
He said in the coming year the government will establish a special university dedicated for the training and higher education of police personnel. He added that the salaries of policemen have also been increased.
The government will take all the steps to develop and the workings of the department of police. Policemen's service will be appreciated when it is necessary, he said noting that during the past flood disaster police helped rescue many endangered lives.
There are no international probes against the government, the Premier emphasized. The present government has created an environment conducive for the implementation of the rule of law. The law and order is essential for doing business and other activities, he pointed out. "We cannot find massive financial frauds in business enterprises," he said.
The Premier said the serious crime in the country has been reduced by 30 percent due to proper action taken by the police. "After the elimination of terrorism we have to combat dangerous drugs and organized criminal gangs," he said.
He called upon the IGP and the police service to take necessary measures towards achieving these targets in the next few years.