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Drug-addicted cops to be sacked

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

Following reports that more than 30 police officers who are addicted to drugs are in service in the Western Province, the Public Security Ministry said that the only solution is to dismiss them as there is no possibility of rehabilitating and retaining police officers who are addicted to drugs.

When contacted by The Morning to query as to what action would be taken against such officers, Public Security Ministry Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Jagath Alwis said that action would be taken to dismiss them, emphasising that they would not be rehabilitated and retained.

“I don’t know how many police officers who are addicted to drugs are on duty, but there is no way to keep such officers in service. Police officers should be there to raid drugs. In that backdrop, if there are police officers who are addicted to drugs, it should be considered as something dangerous.” 

When questioned as to whether they would be dismissed after a disciplinary inquiry, Alwis said that action would be taken to dismiss such officers as soon as it is confirmed that they are addicted to drugs.

“Drugs are now in short supply and therefore, racketeers are using various means to smuggle them. Unfortunately, certain police officers are also involved in this. However, the police officers have been informed about the action that would be taken if found guilty of such an offence,” he added.

It was recently reported that 37 police officers who are addicted to drugs are on active duty in the Western Province. This has been revealed in a survey conducted by the Police Headquarters. According to the report, 28 of these officers are on duty in the Colombo Police Division. Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG) in charge of the Western Province Deshabandu Tennakoon recently stated that a special programme has been launched to identify police officers in other provinces who are addicted to drugs.

Drug addiction, however, is presently treated as a disease of both the body and the mind and not solely subject to penal sanctions.