Colombo, January 29: A series of e-ITEC (Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation) training courses for Sri Lankan police officials conducted by India commenced on January 27.
Due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, a total of ten courses are being organized online in the next one month.
The Inaugural Session was attended by Sri Lankan police officers including Senior DIG Priyantha Weerasooriya and Indian officers from the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), the Ministry of External Affairs, and the High Commission of India in Colombo.
BPR&D is the nodal agency for organizing these programs at their various training institutes. Pertinently, the course contents have been tailored to fulfil the requirements of the Sri Lankan Police and designed in a way where Sri Lankan police officers can have a formal interaction with the Indian police to share and learn from each other’s experiences.
It will enhance the policing capabilities of the Sri Lankan Police to face modern days’ challenges. Importantly, programs would cover topics such as interrogation techniques, human trafficking, investigation of financial frauds, narcotics and psychotropic substances, intelligence and national security workshopa, cyber-crimes, de-radicalization and counter terrorism.
For every course, 25 officers, ranging from ranks of Superintendent of Police, Chief Inspector of Police, Inspector of Police and Sub-inspector of Police are being nominated by the Sri Lankan Police.
It may also be mentioned that Sri Lankan police officers, in the past, had been invited for training in premier police training institutions across India based on the needs of the Sri Lankan police.
During 2018 and 2019, over 200 police and legal officers were trained in India in diverse topics at various institutes. These courses were fully funded by the Government of India and have been beneficial in the capacity building of the Sri Lankan police. India also benefits from such interaction and experience-sharing with the Sri Lankan police.