The Police Department will have a state-of-the-art Police Academy in Matara. The Department has identified 64,000 police personnels` training needs to design training programmes for the police with a view to enhancing the capacity of police officers on civilian policing.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Police Higher Training, Inservice and Examinations, Gunasena Thenabadu told The Island that according to the proposals presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, by him, a positive response had come as the President had already given directives to the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to take necessary action to construct police academy and expand police higher training programmes to create a good image on police.
DIG Thenabadu noted that the proposed police academy would definitely enhance the police department through the `Mahinda Chinthna` and a number of training programmes which would create strong impressions in the minds of public would be planned out to keep the idea of the mission targeted and vision envisaged.
He also said that the proposed police academy might be affiliated to Ruhunu University or might get University status and added that a number of extensive training courses on management, prosecution, criminal investigation, crime prevention, traffic,drug law enforcement, crisis management, community policing, problem solving and modern scientific methods criminal investigation and investigation in narcotic offences.
He also said in addition to those programmes,language courses in Tamil and English for all ranks and as a subject in promotional courses had also been designed to be conducted with the assistance of Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration.
Referring to the new programmes introduced by the Police Higher Training Institute DIG Thenadadu said that Police Higher Institute had embarked on the process of converting the PHTI into a Police Staff College,a degree award institute which had been a long-felt need identified by police service.