People’s Committees to assist Police
*Committees will comprise eminent members of
*Means of combating crime
Measures are being taken to set up Special Advisory Committees at
police divisional level with limited authority to enable the Police and
the public to interact in a friendly atmosphere and wherein the Police
will be furnished with information on criminals, with the larger
objective of combating crime.
Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
instructed the Inspector General Police to form Special Advisory
Committees at police divisional level comprising members of civil
society in the areas. Speaking at the ‘Crime, Corruption and National
Security’ seminar at the Information Department auditorium on Monday,
the Defence Secretary said the Committee should have some kind of
authority to make suggestions in connection with issues that crop up in
the area in relation to crimes so that the Police would be able to take
into account such suggestions and views.
The Defence Secretary responding to media personnel said the concept
of Community Police was a remarkable success during the conflict years,
yet it became inactive with the elimination of terrorism.
He said the same concept could be used to minimise the crime rate but
such a committee should be given some authority as well.
Defence Secretary Rajapaksa said the Police cannot fully control
crime without public support and therefore such a body would be the
ideal source for the Police to find out about crime, identify suspects
and arrest them.
The Defence Secretary said the IGP has also been instructed to send
Police personnel without firearms before the public to conduct
investigations so that they could win public goodwill. He said special
training is to be provided to police personnel on duties since a
majority in the service, except for few senior officers who joined the
service before the commencement of terrorism , have very little
experience about police duty.
He said most police officers had joined after the commencement of
terrorism and subjected to a two month course specially in weapons
training to combat terrorism.