UK notes importance of dealing with legacies of conflict in Lanka

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The British Government says dealing with the causes and legacies of conflict will enable Sri Lanka to build the stronger, more stable and more prosperous country that all its people so richly deserve.

The Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Laura Davies said that the development of a professional, civilian police force, guarantor of law and order, and offering protection and assistance to all communities is a central element to help build a stronger, more stable and more prosperous country.

Laura Davies said that the British High Commission has been a long-term supporter of the development of the Sri Lankan police.

 “We have worked with the police and the Government, supporting their vision for a transformed police service. And we have partnered with academic and civil society organisations who share the same vision and determination. Community policing and training development have been the two central themes of our engagement. We remain very active supporting Sri Lanka’s move towards community policing, a journey which started for us with the Scottish Police College and now continues with The Asia Foundation,” she said.

For the last three years the UK, through the Scottish Police College, has supported the development of new training programmes for the Sri Lanka Police – both for new entrants to the Police College and more senior officers at the Police Academy. Courses at the Academy cover topics such as Ethical Leadership and Organisational Management. This training will help build a more professional police force. The Scottish Police College are also training the police on crime scene investigation skills and interview techniques. The UK also funds The Asia Foundation to help the police embed community policing approaches across the island.

Davies noted that with the Scottish Police College, the focus over the last three years, has been the development of police training both at the College and the Academy. The Scottish Police College’s expertise in police training is recognised worldwide.

 

“A modern, effective and efficient police force, serving the community and part of the community, has a huge role to play in Sri Lanka’s transformation to a more democratic society, strengthening the rule of law and helping build stability in a country still suffering the after effects of a long and terrible conflict. All post-conflict countries face significant challenges. Dealing with the causes and legacies of conflict will enable Sri Lanka to build the stronger, more stable and more prosperous country that all its people so richly deserve – and that the UK so sincerely wishes for it. The development of a professional, civilian police force, guarantor of law and order, and offering protection and assistance to all communities is a central element to this,” she added.

She says the British Government looks forward to continuing its close co-operation with the Ministry of Law & Order, the Inspector General of Police and civil society organisations in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)