Gifts galore for alert policemen, public
Measures are in place to grant extra marks for Police officers who
have rendered an outstanding and dedicated service to create a peaceful
environment for the public, IGP N K Illangakoon said.
"Public assistance is important to maintain peace and harmony in the
"Public information also helps solve crime," he said at a ceremony to
hand over rewards to 558 police officers who apprehended suspects in
several murder and drug trafficking cases and large scale scams.
Seventeen members of the public were also rewarded by IGP Illangakoon
at the ceremony for providing information to the Police enabling the
Police to apprehend the suspects in various crimes. Among the recipients
were Police officers who conducted successful investigations into a
number of crimes including the murder of four persons from the same
family at Udawalawa.
IGP Illangakoon distributed rewards worth Rs 12.47 million and
commendation letters among 558 Police personnel who had brought honour
to the Police Department by arresting culprits involved in the murder of
the businessman in Wellawa, hard drug trafficking and murderers in
several parts of the country.
The IGP distributed rewards worth Rs 9.73 million for those involved
in investigating crimes, Rs 2.6 million for those who helped control the
use of narcotic drugs and Rs145,000 for other services.
This is the second time that Police personnel are being rewarded this
year. The highest amount of Rs 300,000 was approved for Chief Inspector
Palitha Dias who conducted operations to arrest the suspects who were
involved in Wellawa businessman's murder.
Awards were also presented to the Criminal Investigation Department,
Intelligent Section, STF, Police Narcotics Bureau, Colombo Crimes
Division, Police Special Branch and several Police Stations.