Inspector General of Police (Sri Lanka)
|Inspector General of Police|
|Sri Lanka Police Service|
|Member of||National Security Council|
|Reports to||Ministry of Law and Order|
|Nominator||President of Sri Lanka|
|Constituting instrument||Police Ordinance, No. 16 of 1865|
|Precursor||Fiscal of Colombo|
|Formation||3 September 1866|
|First holder||William Robert Campbell
(as Chief Superintendent of Police)
|Deputy||Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG)|
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Inspector Generals of Police
|#||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|
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