S. A. Dissanayake

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S.A. Dissanayaka
Ceylon Police Force
16 September 1913 – 11 March 1982
Nickname(s) Jingle
Place of birth Ceylon
Place of death Sri Lanka
Allegiance Sri Lanka Ceylon
Rank Inspector-General of Police

S.A. "Jingle" Dissanayaka (16 September 1913 - 11 March 1982) was a former Sri Lankan Inspector-General of Police. He played a major role as Director of the Criminal Investigation Department in stopping the attempted military coup of 1962. Later in 1971 during the 1971 JVP Insurrection he was appointed as Additional Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs and Defence and coordinated military and police operations that crushed the insurrection in two months.

During police serviced he received the Ceylon Police Medal for Meritorious Service, Defence Medal 1939-45, Ceylon Police Independence Medal and the Service Medal of the Order of St John.

Educated at the prestigious Royal College Colombo where he playing rugby union at the Bradby Shield Encounter, and went to study at the University College, Colombo. He was the younger brother of Cyril Dissanayake and his son was Surgeon Commodore Lakdasa Dissanayake.

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