|Thursday, 12 February 2004|
Crime Prevention Committees to be set up
by Chamikara Weerasinghe
Crime Prevention Committees will be set up throughout the country to fight the rising crime wave. Inspector General of Police, Indra de Silva said that the Police had been working on this program for more than five months.
The program was approved by the President and the National Advisory Council on Prevention of Crimes, he told the Daily News.
IGP said Crime Prevention Committees will be set up in villages and towns under the program.
The committees will be manned by leading persons from villages and towns, who will operate collectively to gather information about crimes and related incidents in their villages and towns.
Each committee will have a police officer who will look into the findings of the committee, IGP said adding that the "Police Officer" in the committee will be the "catalyst" in the program.
Silva said the present methodology in combatting crime in Sri Lanka was largely based on a structure based on criminal justice , and is rather "reactive" that it concerns actions to bring criminal into justice and inflict punishment on him according to law after he had committed a crime.
He said that the new program is based on the concept of "Community Policing", which concerns "pro- active" measures to prevent a crime as opposed to the re-active measures which will be taken once a crime has been committed.
The concept of community policing may be traced back in our past. Its characteristics are found in our "Gam Sabhavas" and Variga sabhavas, he said.
He said that crime prevention capacity of the Police was expected to improve by a few fold one the new program is effective in full force.
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