I served the Police Department for 35 years and rose up to the rank of Senior Deputy Inspector-General having joined as an ASP. I worked tirelessly to bring the Police closer to the People as I did in Jaffna Police Division in 1979 by introducing a Community Policing Strategy and using it to good effect in controlling riots and mob violence in the Eastern and Southern Ranges. My book titled 'Policing Sri Lanka: A Vision Beyond a Colonial Model' is based on this experience. My reform orientation prompted me to introduce Systems into the Logistics Range supported whole heartedly by late Mr. Cyril Herath, the then IGP.
I stood for Rule of Law, justice and fair-play against many odds & hardships and paid dearly for 'going by the book'. But I can look back on those days now with great satisfaction. All in all, Police was a great experience that one can relish over and over again.
Whilst being in the Police I had the opportunity to develop my self by acquiring several Postgraduate Degrees to my credit culminating in a PhD. I have used this knowledge to bring value to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department contributing in several ways to improve the management role of the Police in administration, Inspection & Review ,Community Policing etc.
Private Sector experience was not that long but still rewarding. I have great satisfaction in serving the student population as a University academic and a Training Management professional whilst serving the Private Sector.
My research experience was gained by writing thesis / dissertation for Masters in Public Administration (University of Sri Jayawardenapura - PIM), MSc in Administration of Justice (University of Southern Illinois) and PhD in Criminology (USJ) & IPID.
Freelance Management Consultant
From November 2014
I joined the Institute in 2010 as an Assistant Director Training and later took over as Director Training and was in-charge of the Training Directorate with around 50 visiting Faculty and a student population over 1000. I held this position until December, 2013 when I relinquished my position and took over as a Consultant in Training for the Institute.
As Director Training I have brought many incremental changes within the limits of my authority including ISO procedure and added value to the overall quality of the Products of the Institute. I pioneered the designing of the Research Module of the GDPSCM Course with support of several colleagues and laid the foundation for carrying out the project effectively. The book titled ' A Handbook of Research Guidelines' was written & published in support of the project.
End of October, 2014 I will be relinquishing all my responsibilities with the Institute and will be free to do my own bidding.
Institute of Supply & Materials Management
From August 2010
I have relinquished my duties as DT w.e.f. 1st January, 2014 and continue as Consultant Training until 31st of October, 2014.
Director Administration / Registrar
July 1990 - January 1993
I was the pioneering Director Administration / Registrar at the Institute and was in-charge of the management of Non-Academic Affairs. IICS worked in collaboration with the Metropolitan University, UK.
Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police
Dept. of Police, Sri Lanka
May 1963 - September 1998
I was Senior Deputy Inspector- General in-charge of Civil Defense Force, Presidential Security Division / Intelligence & Security and Acting S/DIG (Administration) before retirement.
Police Dept., IICS , Upali Group of Companies, Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka
Police & Several other Private Sector Companies
May 1963 - September 1998
I joined the Police Department direct as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in 1963 after passing out from the University of Peradeniya.
As ASP I served many Police Districts before being promoted. On promotion to the rank of Senior Supdt. of Police I was in-charge of several Police Division of which Jaffna Division was the most significant for there I carried out a Police Community Project very successfully and won many kudos from many quarters. This was the turning point in my career. Following on this experience I campaigned for propagating this concept and showed its effectiveness in riot control and control of mob-violence both in the Eastern Range and the Southern Range as Deputy Inspector - General (DIG) in-charge of these two Territorial Police Ranges.
Later I used this experience for my PhD thesis and it is now published in book form (2003, Vishwalekha, Publications) titled 'Policing Sri Lanka: A Vision Beyond the Colonial Model"
I was in-charge of the Functional Police Ranges of Logistics and Personnel as well. In the Logistics Range I carried out extensive reforms, building Systems. Both the Jaffna experience and the reforms carried out in the Logistics Range were very rewarding. Police Career was very risky but a challenging one.
Private Sector was a different learning experience. Having being exposed to the Private Sector as well I feel satisfied that I have had the benefit of both (Public and Private Sector) worlds and thoroughly enjoyed both.
Qualifications & Certifications
Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies
Postgraduate Institute of Pali & Buddhist Studies University of Kelaniya
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
University of Sri Jayawardenapura
Postgraduate Diploma in International Affairs
Bandaranaike Center for International Studies
MSc in Administration of Justice
University of Southern Illinois (SIU)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayawardenapura
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Royal College, Colombo 7.
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