Steering Committee’s proposals on law and order Retired Police Chiefs express concern

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By 2017-12-07

The Association of Retired Chiefs of Police of Sri Lanka expressed concern and reservation regarding the recommendations made by the Constitutional Assembly's Steering Committee on the subject of law and order.

The Association is made up of retired officers who were above the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police (at the time of retirement).

The Association, issuing a statement following the passing of a resolution (copies of which have been forwarded to the President, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Law and Order, the Speaker, and the National Police Commission), at the 10th Annual General Meeting of the Association held on 25 November, stated that the said recommendations could potentially cause far reaching adverse consequences for the maintenance of law and order in the country, the execution of the functions of the Police, and be prejudicial to national and public security and thereby the country's interests.

In the said resolution, the Association strongly opposed the subject recommendations.

"On the subject of the implementation of Police powers under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the devolution of such would render the country ungovernable. Decentralization in this regard has already been done. The policy to divide the Police service into nine Provincial Police services is not only impractical and unnecessary, but conceptually flawed as such would fundamentally undermine the unitary and unified Police command structure by dismantling such. Thus, the devolution of Police powers to the Provincial Councils would be inimical to the effective implementation of law and order and thereby good governance," the statement sent by Association President, H.M.G.B. Kotakadeniya and Association Secretary, Wijaya Amarasingha said.

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