New IGP assumes duties tomorrow
New Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickremaratne will assume
duties tomorrow, July 1.
Senior DIG Jayantha Wickremaratne will take over the reins from IGP
Victor Perera who retires as IGP today. Wickremaratne recently received
his Post Graduate Diploma Certificate in Criminology from the Sri
He completed his education at Thurstan College and later obtained an
Honours Degree on Public Administration from the Sri Jayawardenapura
University in 1973.
Wickremaratne joined the Police Force in 1974 as an Assistant
Superintendent of Police (ASP) and was promoted to the rank of
Superintendent of Police in 1983. He was promoted as a Senior SP in 1989
and as Deputy Inspector General of Police in 1993.
Senior DIG Wickremaratne had followed a course on ”Role of the Police
in Management of Crisis” at the Police Academy at Baton, Roughe, USA.
United Nations Police Commanders at Swedish Armed Forces, South Asia Law
Enforcement Training Course on Counter Narcotics in Male, Maldive
Islands conducted by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington,
The first ever “Police News Magazine” was published in 2003 under the
chairmanship of Senior DIG Jayantha Wickremaratne.
The new IGP is a member of the National Dangerous Drug Control Board,
Director, National Child Protection Authority, Council Member of the
International Police Organisation, Secretary and President of the Police
Savings Association, President, Sri Lanka Amateur Kabadi Federation in
2001 and Chairman, Police Kabadi Tournament Committee since 2000. He was
responsible for setting up a “Disaster Management Team Control Centre”
on the direction of former IGP Chandra Fernando to assist the Police
personnel and public who were affected by the tsunami.
Attorney-at-Law Anoma Goonetillek who is the wife of the New IGP
Wickremaratne was the former Secretary of the Bar Association of Sri