Policing is currently at a critical juncture in South Asia. Worldwide, the role of policing is rapidly changing and no longer confined to maintenance of law and order and prevention and detection of crime, with police now playing a vital role in disaster management, environment, ecotourism, bio-diversity conservation. These have enormous impacts on state economy and development, while having massive implications on the nations security and prosperity. Policing across South Asia, to a large extent has experienced similar issues, and most strikingly the forces have lacked confidence in the public’s eye. This is particularly regrettable, given the significant, necessary, and most importantly, laudable work that the police force continuously engages in. Spanning across security activities such as enforcing the law, preventing crime, tracking drug traffickers, and combatting terrorism, the work of the police force remains a crucial and an often unappreciated one. Special emphasis therefore needs to be made in looking towards the future; gathering the already pre-existing best-practices within the region, honing and streamlining levels of professionalism within the police forces, and tackling the underlying flaws within the system. Above all, tthe marginal successes of South Asian nations when adequately and proactively responding to the urgent need for policing reforms; the common roots from which their policing acts come; the overlapping issues that each country faces; and the growing support for collective and integrated action, all provide an opportune moment to look at the future of policing in the region. Particularly this is posited, with the motivation of finding a South Asian model to policing, which can be adopted to better suit the diversities and norms of the nations.
This conference of the highest-ranking Police Officials of South Asia and several other foreign Police Chiefs, as well as regional and international Scholars/Experts is an event organised jointly by the National Police Commission, the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies and the Sri Lanka Police, in collaboration with the United Nations, coinciding with the 150th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Police. It is hoped that this parley will pave way for a continued regional platform for the highest-ranking Police officials and scholars working on security sector reforms.
Future Policing Visual Media Coverage
Press Conference on the International Conference "Future Policing: Prospects and Challenges for South Asia" with Mr. Pujith Jayasundara, IGP Sri Lanka Police; Prof. Siri Hettige, Chairman National Police Commission and Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed, Executive Director, Regional Center for Strategic Studies featured on the News.
ChannelEYE, Rise and Shine, Morning show on 30.09.2016. Coverage starts from 57:30
Rupavahini English News on 30.09.2016. Media coverage starts from 21:09:06
Rupavahini English News
Sirasa News 1st 10 PM on 30.09.2016. Media coverage starts from 22:20:04
Speeches and Remarks
'Future Policing: Prospects and Challenges for South Asia', Daily News, 08.10.2016
A three-day workshop commenced on October 04, on the theme 'Future Policing Prospects and Challenges for South Asia' was held at Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo. Heads of Police in South Asian Region and their representatives who are in Police Service at present, scholars , professionals, specialists including the Chairman of The National Police Commission Prof.
"A question is bound to arise, why future policing? The answer incidentally lies in our being human. In fact, humans are the only beings that can imagine, design, and consciously pursue the change they want. But then humans are restricted to bring change only to the future, they cannot do so with the past nor with the present."
Future Policing Print Media Coverage
Print Media Coverage Pre, During and Post the International Conference on 'Future Policing'. The event was organised jointly by the National Police Commission, the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies and the Sri Lanka Police, in collaboration with the United Nations, coinciding with the 150th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Police.
'Host of Countries to Participate in Future Policing Conference', Daily News Coverage on 01.10.2016
'Tailor-made policing to suit our needs', Daily News, 03.10.2016
With the role of policing rapidly changing globally, an International Conference, under the topic of 'Future Policing: Prospects and Challenges for South Asia' will begin today in Colombo for the first time in Sri Lankan history with the participation of many experts from the field of police and law and order.
'Transition of Policing', Ceylon Today, 10.10.2016
A goldmine of ideas to convert Police into a people friendly law and order maintenance machinery emerged at the international conference 'Future Policing: Prospects and Challenges for South Asia' held in Colombo to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Sri Lanka Police.
'Govt.-civil society collaboration to improve institutions', The Island, 10.10.2016
Even the best laws and mechanisms can be undermined by the appointment of those unsuited to head them. It is to the credit of the government and to the Constitutional Council which is vested with the powers of selecting appropriate persons that the appointments to the independent commissions have been of a high caliber.