Assuming responsibility in May last year amid chaos in the country, public security minister Tiran Alles claims to have restored the respect and dignity of the police since.
He made the assertion in a speech at the opening of a new building complex for Polpithigama police yesterday (16).
Raising the Batta allowance, providing 500 new jeeps etc. to ensure their welfare, Alles expected the police in return to be committed to their duty with honesty and dedication, mainly to curb organized crime and narcotic drugs.
Despite many criticisms, the final expectation for justice lies with the police, he remarked.
The occasion also saw the daughter of a policeman, Savindi Purnima Jayawardena, being recognized for having returned the 12th best results overall and first in Kurunegala district in the commerce stream at the GCE advanced level examination.