Over 400 recruited so far, several hundred more to join soon

Recruitment of Tamil speaking cops underway



Responding to US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake’s call for speedy recruitment of Tamil policemen, for deployment in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, police headquarters yesterday said that recruitment of Tamil speaking policemen had got underway shortly after the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009.

Director Recruitment SP W. K. Jayalath told The Island that on a directive of the Defence Ministry, police headquarters had recruited 335 Tamil speaking personnel in 2010. They were among 775 personnel recruited during that year.


Several hundred Tamil speaking personnel would be recruited over the next several months, SP Jayalath said. According to him, fresh recruits would comprise both men and women in different categories.


The official said that IGP N. K. Illangakoon had directed relevant officials to expedite the recruitment process.


According to SP Jayalath, the Police Department has recruited 55 personnel, including seven WPCs in 2009.


Asked whether youth from the Northern and Eastern Provinces were interested in joining the police department, SP Jayalath said a considerable number of youth from those areas would be recruited in December 2011. Final interviews for another batch of almost 600 other personnel would begin on Sept 22, the official said.


Since the end of the war, the government has established over a dozen new police stations in areas once held by the LTTE. (SF)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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