Former IGP Ernest Perera’s funeral today


Ernest Perera

The funeral of Ernest Perera, a former Inspector General of Police (IGP) will take place today (18) with full police honors, at the General Cemetery Kanatte.

Incumbent IGP, N. K. Illangakoon and all ranks of the Police Department expressed their condolences to the bereaved family of the late Ernest Edward Boniface Perera.

As the 23rd IGP, Ernest Perera retired from service on November 29, 1993.

After his retirement, he served briefly as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia, from 1994 to 1995.

He joined the Police Department on January 5, 1957 as a probationary ASP after passing out of university. After a training stint, his first appointment in 1958 was as the ASP in charge of the Galle district.

Thereafter, he served in many parts of the country. In 1970, he was the SSP of the Nuwara Eliya division and the following year, he was placed in charge of the Matara district. In 1977, he served as DIG (Colombo) before taking over the top post as IGP on August 1, 1988.

During his long and distinguished career, his dedicated service to the Police Department was remarkable, says SSP Ajith Rohana, Director, PPR and police media spokesman.

As an accomplished sportsman, Ernest Perera played a pivotal role in developing sports within the Police Department. Even as a student, he excelled at rugger, a game so close to his heart.He was an exemplary leader who moulded and guided many within the ranks to reach the apex in their career.

Ernest Perera was born to John Henry Perera and Agnes Perera on November 29, 1932 at Dalugama in the Gampaha district. He studied at St. Joseph’s College, Colombo and later graduated from the Peradeniya University.

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