SRI LANKAN POLICE ( NEW NAME ) NEEDS NEW OUT LOOK AND TRAINING
Posted on January 11th, 2017
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
During my stay in UK ,I have noted that UK Police is trained to be polite to the people .When you drive the car erroneously and violate a regulation such as dropping a cigarette butt on the pavement ,or drink or eat while driving ,they stop you. Once they approach they call you “Sir” or Madam “ irrespective of your car or your attire and politely ( sometimes politeness does not come from their heart if you are a foreigner with a beard ) and yet talk to you calmly ,explain the rules of law ,Then they will tell you that you will have to pay a penalty or you will be charged .Unless you are absolutely sure that you have not violated any law you have no chance of talking him out not to charge you argue that he is at fault.
Their black Uniform in Winter and white shirt in summer does not give you shivers.You can stop them and ask a road way and they will almost salute you .I do not say that the capitalist police is the best in world but ,I can assure that that they are trained to handle public in a professional manner .Even if you are the Price of Wales law ,is equal .
I remember few years back, there was a traffic policeman near Liberty Junction who keeps smiling all the time and sometime salute you .But today we have young cops who do not know how to smile or to be polite .When they stop you they call you “Mister” without knowing that word “mister “ can only be used only as a prefix to your surname.
They will then ask you where are you going ? or where are you coming from ?!! These questions seem absurd ,because some people may not give the correct answer in the if they are on an illegal mission !
In big corporate entities, talk about “Rebranding” to uplift the marketability of their products .Similarly we may have to use some famous cricketers ( some of them appear in advertisements o sausage selling ! which is very unhealthy ) and put get them to wear a police uniform and advertise Police using them in a very hilarious act or some other attractive manner .
We need to change the minds of the people that Police is “ bad” I even suggest that when there are demonstrations they should use Navy or Army ( of course last episode in Hambantota was a debacle as the Navy Commander like to squeeze the chin of a journalist ( may be he likes squeezing chins like we do to small kids!)
And yet Army and Navy is more respected by the people (except in Rathupaswela and in Hambnatota ) hence they can control crowds better ?
My opinion is that changing name to “Sri Lanka Police “ did not help .We need to give a complete new name like “ Rajapurusha” !!!!!!! ( We have to be careful because “Rajapurusha “may support much hated word “Rakapakse” among some politicians .
Next step is to change the colour of uniform form “Khaki” to a much pleasant colour after holding a referendum to get the best colour people like then to wear ( I suggest pink ! because DIG gave the impression that he is more feminine because he cried recently at a public gathering )
Last resort for the time being may be to give them Pink Uniforms and Pink Masks they were at traffic junctions
Dr Sarath Obeysekera