Inspector General of Police (Sri Lanka)

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Inspector General of Police
Incumbent
Pujith Jayasundara

since 20 April 2016
Sri Lanka Police Service
Abbreviation IGP
Member of National Security Council
Reports to Ministry of Law and Order
Nominator President of Sri Lanka
Appointer Constitutional Council
Constituting instrument Police Ordinance, No. 16 of 1865
Precursor Fiscal of Colombo
Formation 3 September 1866; 151 years ago (1866-09-03)
First holder William Robert Campbell
(as Chief Superintendent of Police)
Deputy Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG)
Website www.police.lk

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) is the professional head of the Sri Lanka Police. He is the most senior police officer in Sri Lanka and oversees all police personnel throughout the country. The IGP reports to the Minister of Law and Order, when the Police Service is under the Ministry of Law and Order as it is currently. The current Inspector General of Police is Pujith Jayasundara, who succeeded N.K. Illangakoon.[1][2]

History[edit]

The post of Inspector General of Police in Sri Lanka can be traced as far back as 1797 when the office of Fiscal was created and Fredric Barron Mylius was appointed as Fiscal of Colombo and entrusted with responsibility of policing the City of Colombo.[3] In 1833, the Head of the Police Service was called the Superintendent of Police, in 1836 the designation was changed to Chief Superintendent of Police.[4]

The official establishment of the Ceylon Police Force was on 3 September 1866 when William Robert Campbell (then the chief of police in the Indian province of Rathnageri) was appointed as Chief Superintendent of Police in Ceylon to be in charge of the Police units.[5][6] This post officially became the Chief of Police but was soon changed to that of the Inspector General of Police accordingly William Robert Campbell became the first Inspector General of Police.[7]

Inspector Generals of Police[edit]

# Inspector General Took office Left office Appointed by
1 Campbell, George William RobertGeorge William Robert Campbell 3 September 1866 1872 Hercules Robinson
2 Saunders, Frederick RichardFrederick Richard Saunders 1872 1873 William Henry Gregory
3 Campbell, George William RobertGeorge William Robert Campbell 1873 1891
4 Knollys, LouisLouis Knollys 1891 1902 Arthur Hamilton-Gordon
5 De Wilton, AlbertAlbert De Wilton 1902 1905 Joseph West Ridgeway
6 Longden, CyrilCyril Longden 1905 1910 Henry Arthur Blake
7 David, Ivor EdwardIvor Edward David 1910 1913 Henry McCallum
8 Dowbiggin, HerbertHerbert Dowbiggin 1913 1937 Robert Chalmers
9 Banks, Philip NortonPhilip Norton Banks 1937 1942 Reginald Stubbs
10 Halland, Gordon Herbert RamsayGordon Herbert Ramsay Halland 1942 1944 Andrew Caldecott
11 Bacon, RanulphRanulph Bacon 1944 1946 Henry Monck-Mason Moore
12 Aluwihare, RichardRichard Aluwihare 1946 1955
13 de Silva, OsmundOsmund de Silva 26 July 1955 24 April 1959 Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke
14 Abeykoon, M. Walter F.M. Walter F. Abeykoon 1 May 1959 2 February 1963
15 Dissanayake, S. A.S. A. Dissanayake 3 February 1963 3 June 1966 William Gopallawa
16 Attygalla, JohnJohn Attygalla 4 June 1966 7 July 1967
17 Abeygunawardene, ElericEleric Abeygunawardene 8 July 1967 13 September 1970
18 Senanayake, StanleyStanley Senanayake 14 September 1970 23 August 1978
19 Seneviratne, AnaAna Seneviratne 24 August 1978 14 March 1982 J. R. Jayewardene
20 Rajasingham, RudraRudra Rajasingham 20 March 1982 20 March 1985
21 Weerasinghe, HerbertHerbert Weerasinghe 21 March 1985 5 December 1985
22 Herath, CyrilCyril Herath 6 December 1985 31 July 1988
23 Perera, Ernest Edward BonifaceErnest Edward Boniface Perera 1 August 1988 29 November 1993 Ranasinghe Premadasa
24 de Silva, T. P. FrankT. P. Frank de Silva 29 November 1993 31 July 1995 Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
25 Rajaguru, WickremasingheWickremasinghe Rajaguru 31 July 1995 31 August 1998 Chandrika Kumaratunga
26 Kodituwakku, LakdasaLakdasa Kodituwakku 1 September 1998 27 August 2002
27 Anandaraja, T. E.T. E. Anandaraja 1 October 2002 14 October 2003
28 de Silva, IndraIndra de Silva 19 December 2003 30 September 2004
29 Fernando, ChandraChandra Fernando 1 October 2004 11 October 2006
30 Perera, VictorVictor Perera 12 October 2006 31 June 2008 Mahinda Rajapaksa
31 Wickramarathne, JayanthaJayantha Wickramarathne 1 July 2008 2 November 2009
32 Balasooriya, MahindaMahinda Balasooriya 3 November 2009 17 June 2011
33 Illangakoon, Nugagaha KapalleNugagaha Kapalle Illangakoon 16 July 2011 11 April 2016
34 Jayasundara, PujithPujith Jayasundara 20 April 2016 present Maithripala Sirisena

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Snr. DIG Pujith Jayasundara recommended for position of IGP". News First. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "CC nominates Pujith Jayasundara as next police chief". Colombo Gazette. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Pippet, G. K. (1969). A History of the Ceylon Police: 1795-1870 (Volume 1). Times of Ceylon Company. 
  4. ^ Perera, Rienzie (3 September 2006). "The 140th Police Day Anniversary". Sunday Island. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Dep, A. C. (1969). A History of the Ceylon Police: 1866-1913 (Volume 2). Times of Ceylon Company. 
  6. ^ Roth, Mitchell P. (2001). Historical Dictionary of Law Enforcement. Greenwood Press. p. 54. ISBN 0-313-30560-9. 
  7. ^ Stead, Philip John (1977). Pioneers in Policing. Patterson Smith. pp. 252–253. ISBN 9780875858036. 

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