Law enforcement in Sri Lanka

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Law enforcement in Sri Lanka falls under the jurisdiction of the Sri Lanka Police Service, a national police agency.

Moreover, the Sri Lanka Police includes several specialized agencies. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is a national unit tasked with investigations of serious crimes. The Special Task Force is reproducible for Counter-Terrorist and Counter-Insurgency operations. Other include the Traffic Police, Police Narcotic Bureau and the Children & Women Bureau.

Limited law enforcement authority is also given to other departments of the government for specific reasons. The Sri Lanka Customs have certain police powers within ports, airports and other customs related matters. The Commission to Investigate Allegation of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), commonly referred to as the Bribery Commission has powers to arrest persons suspected of bribery or corruption. The military has police powers limited to military personal, mainly for internal investigation and guarding military facilities.

Specialized agencies of the Sri Lanka Police[edit]

  • Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
  • Colombo Crime Division (CCD)
  • Terrorist Investigation Department (TID)
  • Special Task Force (STF)
  • Police Narcotic Bureau
  • Children & Women Bureau
  • Marine Division
  • Mounted Division
  • Traffic Police
  • Tourist Police
  • Police Kennels (K9 units)
  • Judicial Security Division
  • Diplomatic Security Division

Other agencies[edit]