Law and Order Ministry Secy. vows to make police people friendly


Director General Media Centre for National Security Lakshman Hullugalle, Inspector General of Police, N. K. Illangakoon, Secretary to newly formed Ministry of Law and Order, Maj. Gen. (retd.) Nanda Mallawarachchi (R) in conversation with Ven. Thirikunamalaye Ananda Thera, resident monk of Vajirarama Temple, Bambalapitiya, yesterday. Pic by Gamini Munasinghe.

By Madura Ranwala

Secretary to the newly formed ministry of Law and Order, retired Major General Nanda Mallawaarachchi said yesterday he would do everything in his power to make the police more people friendly.

The Maj. General, who assumed duties as Secretary to the new ministry at the Renuka Building in Fort yesterday, said he would do his utmost to improve the image of the police department.

Asked to comment on the allegation that the police did not enforce the law against government supporters properly, he said he would ensure that such things would not happen. "I received a phone call from a senior minister in Jaffna seeking police security for him. I turned it down. I would have to provide others also with security if I oblige him."

Introducing his mission, in his new office, the Law and Order Secretary said: "Policemen should be  people friendly and I will make it real following my motto, Nothing is impossible."

However, Mallawaarachchi said he was mindful of the difficulties that the policemen undergo day and night in carrying out their daily duties. He requested the media to appreciate their good work and highlight the wrongs so as that stern action could be taken against errant officers.

Mallawarachchi stressed the importance of boosting the morale of police officers by listening to their problems, especially pertaining to their salaries and promotions.

Admitting that most of the police officers who were recruited to the department during the war, had learnt only how to handle assault rifles, Mallawaarachchi said there would be a Police Academy in place in the future and policemen would be trained like in the army on details about their duty with the people and law and order issues. The government had already allocated Rs. 09 billion for that project, he said.

Recalling the trust placed in him by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, he said that he would be helped by the former and latter and would carry forward the work done by the latter during his tenure, but changes would be done where necessary to serve the people better.

He reiterated that if the prevailing system did not allow policemen to be more people friendly, those obstacles would be overcome for the common good.


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