Monday, September 8, 2014
The Sri Lankan POLICE department celebrates their 148th Anniversary, almost a century and a half. I personally believe that it is not an easy survival not only as a department but also as the group of Officials of all level. I think they are directly dealing with people. People is not a less heavy term, it is a heavy term if you try to understand it in its deepest meaning.
There is a saying in Sinhala and this saying people relate to any task that a persona complete with difficulties facing a risk’ ‘athure yanawa wage’
Coconut toddy is very well known to everyone even the tourists who often or rarely visit our country are aware of this AND do not be mistaken it is not known as illegal Arrack or something similar.
Again, Athura do not be mistaken it is not athuraya it is ‘athura’. Athuraya is a different term and gives totally different meaning. For those who do ‘toddy making’, toddy tapping as a business or as a extra source of income, normally follow a traditional method of doing it.
I am not quite sure whether it has any modern ways of doing it. What so ever, the nature of this type of toddy tapping is that the tapper has to walk along tiny wires tied to the two corners of two coconut trees.
Have a look at these pictures to get an idea of the work. It is RISKY though they have the fullest confidence OF THEIR ROLES AND WORK.
If the toddy tapper, makes a tiny mistake, for instance ‘loosing his concentration’, his life will be in danger. They face it everyday. the TRICK of doing it accurately is using an‘ EAGLE EYE’ methodology and STRATEGY OF GOOD CONCENTRATION.
So I believe there are certain ‘professions’ in this existing world of millions of professions that ‘risk’ comes wrapping with their official suits or coats or I must say titles’. POLICE is one of such departments and professions.
Do not just measure the literary meaning of ‘athure yanawa’ take its all facets and weigh or measure thinking of world POLICE situations. Sri Lanka is not the only country that this department is playing a major role, Sri Lanka is one of them.
Intelligence Services and its units play an immensely immeasurable role when it comes to considering or measuring the WORLD PEACE Situations. FBI OR CIA any hearts and minds who battle for look after justice of world is very well connected with each net work and it is highly ESSENTIAL.
Exchanging INFORMATION relevant to each country and to maintain PEACE and HARMONY at global level is highly important and I guess is a current need of the global security situations.
Such AUTHORIZED networks should be unbreakable in any of the harsh or difficult moments and should be strengthen, encouraged in everyway. And I believe it is happening and is a need.
I guess when it comes to global peace no need to hold competitions to rate or compare ‘ the most powerful department of the globe . ACCURACY OF DUTY allows them to earn their own positions automatically.
Daily INSPECTIONS, their abilities to read under side of any area is highly important to maintain peace situations of any community globally.
I like to believe that police is one of the professions of the authorized official net work of ‘security forces’ that has to be responsible for ‘PEOPLE” that is firstly and then to their own top layers of officials. That is important to maintain DISCIPLINES in the arenas assigned like in any other professions of the globe but it does not mean UNNECESSARY interruptions.
Before I move on to any other classifications or clarifications, I like to say that I salute on behalf of the inevitable party ‘ THE PEOPLE of the COUNTRY” for the entire department and each and every single officer who work independently and VERY SPECIFICALLY THE TOP LEVEL AUTHORITIES WHO ALLOW THEM TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY WITHOUT REALLY INTERFERING THEIR WORK unnecessarily.
To hold any positions in the DEPARTMENT certain QUALIFICATIONS are required. EXPERIENCES of duties brings them added advantages to proceed further as professional other than their PRACTICAL knowledge of working.
There are few groups or subjects that their direct supervision and involvement is needed Such as ILLEGAL ARRACK, harmful DRUGS, UNDER WORLD DISPUTES, HORROR AND TERROR , tiny or big harmful rebellious informal groups that often become active, groups that kills and murders the peace and harmony of any community under what ever ‘objectives’.
I do not think that their list of duties are restricted to only ‘arresting the wrong doers ‘ also they are one of the responsible parties who should assure of the awareness of people on ‘law and trust’
I believe threats are a very closest term that they officially or unofficially associating with or expect from the groups or gangs they are directly or indirectly dealing with.
I personally do not believe that they always earn or receive baskets of flowers from the public or face ceremonies of gratitude. I believe they not only receive parcels of stones or dead chickens, tomatoes and but also unexpected transfers. I am not pointing the finger to any particular group it has been happening since I understood the meaning of question, ‘what is a society’ and the roles of professions at grass root level and top with regard to their DECISION MAKING abilities.
I believe no one wears ‘white robes’ or clothes with regard to the 100% cleanliness in this complex and unbearably difficult world we live. NO party can say that ‘we belong to the ‘white action’ group when it comes their ‘fighting for power’, methodologies I find no saints in any of the groups. Most can’t say ‘they did this we do not do such’
We know who did what, in what volume if I say it clear’ history of almost all the groups, now and then, we people need no specific clarifications’ or pictures as evidences but I believe the newly born paramparas, perhaps need ‘new clarifications about many things not a woman of 43 years of age, that is me. 43 years; not the early stage of ‘childhood’ it is a mature age. And this is not the age that others can show something unreal pointing finger at something unreal. For instance I need no clarifications to identify a coconut tree or a mango tree so no one can say to me, showing a mango tree, that it is a coconut tree. I understand the differences of Cashew or Coconut or any other.
Their duty is not to protect a single man or a woman their duty is to protect and be responsible to each and every citizen of this country.
I do not think that their duty during the PEACE EARNING PROCESS can be easily measured. Their contrition was highly effective and gained full results – positive
118 and 119 services are highly appreciatable service. I remember about few years back one of our neighbors phoned 119 and made a complaint against a person of his immediate neighbourhood that he has jumped over the fence of his home garden and stolen a fallen coconut from his garden. I remember the police officer came to inquire the matter. He advised the people who gathered their saying ‘please try to use this number for the things that you think are our service is highly required or useful to use.’ Specifically that was the period that ‘emergency numbers are frequently used to inform suspicious incidents related to terror activities’. The officer was right and we all agreed because they should be readily available for the activities that their service is highly required. I find that is one of their POLITE and EFFICIENT services provide by the department.
I remember in some of the situations some top level officers were transferred to some other areas from the areas of their ‘duty responsibilities’. I as a civilian of this country understand how difficult it is to control people at some situations.
At certain paragraphs of the history of our country, their name, ‘police’, became every day muttered name due to the day today situations faced by the citizens and handled by the department. During riots, certain violence situations, I believe that it was no easy for them to differentiate the ‘directly involved parties’ from the ‘innocents’ specially because of various reasons. Specifically, when there were no CCTV‘s or any other modern equipments, mobile cameras were not highly used to caught or identify individuals, groups who were responsible for some terrible situations that break peace and harmony of the society the duty was understandably difficult. Several stages of INVESTIGATIONS required to clarify situations specially in the past.
Their main duty is to maintain PEACE and HARMONY every way diminishing every factor that breaks peace and leads to problematic situations.
Their Independency in handing their duties, we should highly respect and their loyalty to PEOPLE of their country, and obedience to the JUSTICE in every way bending before peace and harmony, justice, not before anything else. That is for sure is not an easy TASK not as intelligent officials but as normal human beings.
Carefully working towards their aims and targets without really caring about any INTERFERENCE is hard but not impossible. ‘Liberty of professions’ as a democratic country of the universe people expect 100% from the department. And is always an added advantage , plus points to any practical community.
As a small unit of administrations; ‘villages, communities and then provinces, districts are supervise by each and every Unit established in relevant areas. Apart from the permanent units established there are temporary points considering situations of any areas. I can’t remember the total number of Police Stations stationed in the country. But number is fairly enough?
Academies to train the officials I do not know whether it is enough or not but let’s pay respect to the KOTHALAWALA defense academy for their contribution. Exchanging knowledge between the global officers of other countries is essential to eliminate world terror for instance, accurately.
Sessions of such exchanging programs are highly important if they have enough time to get involve in such things.
Opportunities to get University education releasing from their duties for a certain period would certainly bring an total investment. Without really studying I am essaying these things therefore I keep some space, margin, margin of error to re correct what I say.
I believe in most the cases the bigger society forgets the role of WPC’s and top officers unfortunately it is always the gentlemen gets the attention and credit from the bigger society when they are measured and valued.
I remember reading an article about the first woman to hold the top ranking positions of the department Mrs Pramila Divakara ,the first female to hold top ranked positions in the department as Assistant Superintendent of Police / SL in 1988. Today there is a huge number of female officers who got chances to join the department and their contributions specifically during struggling eras are accredited
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I believe any SECIRITY FORCES of any counties are one of the sleepless units and the I as an outsider who does work in any of the security departments, think that it is a stressful job
Efficiency is highly important lazy or backward positions of minds are not suitable to hold any of the positions in such departments it is not the physical height of a person which is required for an intelligent officer but the height of their thinking and efficiency. Because a minute of delay of any decision making and action would bring disasters to any community.
Let’s wish the Department ‘SAFE” and INDEPENDENT future!
Take care !