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Police air support units to combat crime: PM

Police aviation units or air support units will be set up in cities with helicopters to respond to crime during day and night.The Police service should not be limited to ensuring law and order. It should serve the public in a broader perspective, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

“Moves are under way by the government to introduce a macro model which will change the mechanistic organisational functions of the Police. The model is also envisioned to bring about significant alterations to existing criminal laws as regards penalties for drug crimes  and offences punishable under the Excise law and consolidated enactments of Sri Lanka,” the Premier said.

“Germany and Britain have reportedly agreed to support the government to meet the design requirements,” Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said.

The plan and the decision to implement it were discussed with Police higher-ups at a meeting at Temple Trees.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M.Swaminathan, Ministry Secretary Jagath P. Wijeweera, Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and a number of Police top brass were present.

It was outlined here that bi-lingual training will be mandatory for all Police officers under the new model.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the Police have to look at their scope of application and how fast they can reach their targets. They need to look at their capabilities in tackling crime in a modern environment with an appropriate organizational and technical structure.

“The Sinhalese-speaking Police officers should be able to carry out their work in Tamil,” The Premier said.

“Police units specialized in tackling computer or internet-enabled crimes will be set up in keeping with the new structure. The officers will be provided with necessary training in countering computer crimes both locally and abroad,” the Prime Minister added.

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