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“Community policing” training to Sri Lankan Police by Scottish Police

The relationship between police and civil society in Asian countries is not a pleasant one. The civil society used to look at police officials in a suspicious way most of the time. In the other hand most of the Police officials also used to moderate the civil society whenever they got a chance to do so. The corruption in the Police department itself and among the officials widens the gap between the police and the general public. This distance relationship adversely affect to the country’s peace keeping process and to the defense process.

Every Inspector General of Police introduced various mechanisms and programs to bridge the gap of this relationship during their tenure of service but none was successful. Although there are responsible, talented and disciplined Police officers in the department, the corruptions and misconducts done by few in the service tarnish the image of Police department over the years. The most recent such incidence took place at Dompe Police station where a suspect had died while in police custody. Villagers who were agitated over the death of the suspect staged a protest outside the Dompe police station and later attacked the premises. Additional police have been deployed to the area to control the situation. In the Angulana double homicide case the OIC of the Angulana Police Station and 3 other Police Officers were given death sentence recently.

The latest news about Police department is that the Scottish Police College is going to assist the Sri Lanka Community Policing programe to train Sri Lankan policemen for the benefit of the Police Department. British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka John Rankin awarded certificates and badges for the first 26 trainees who completed the course on community policing, at the Police Headquarters recently. Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. Community Policing is comprised of three key components; Community Partnerships, Organizational Transformation and Problem Solving.

Under this programe the British Scottish Police College is conducting Rs.68.3 million worth of training programme on Community Policing for members of the Sri Lanka Police. The training programme will enable the Sri Lankan officers to qualify for an International Vocational Qualification in Community Policing and work within the Sri Lanka Police Service throughout the country. The programme aims to train a total of 116 police officers, including 90 Assistant Superintendents and 26 trainers from all 9 Provinces across Sri Lanka and is expected to continue till March 2013. The Scottish Government has provided funding for this project as part of their South Asia Development Fund, which specifically targets Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Bruce Milne of the Scottish Police College said, “We are delighted that we can partner the Sri Lanka Police service in developing models of Community Policing that will evolve in Sri Lanka and support communities in all Provinces over the next two years. The qualification in Community Policing that we are delivering in Sri Lanka is unique and this is the first country in the world to benefit from it.”

Sandun W

Sandun joined Lanka Help Magazine as a contributor in June, 2011. He has been consistently writing articles to our magazine. Many useful articles of this site are under Sandun's name.

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