Relations between the police and the public are in the dumps. In fact Sri Lankans see the police as the most corrupt public institution in the country. Now Norway is spending millions to find out what went wrong with public-police relations.
A 2001 public perception survey by Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) showed that the police was considered the most corrupt local institution. rn
rnThe police maintain that this is a misconception.rn
rnldblquote If that is the case our policemen should be a lot better off than they are now,
dblquote says senior DIG of Police, Chandra Fernando.rn
rnldblquote The problem with the police,
dblquote says the DIG, ldblquote is nepotism.
rnThe Police Department is also seen as under funded leading to bribes and other forms of corruptions.rn
rnThe total government allocation on the 65,000 strong police force is Rs. 14.1 bn a year.rn
rnldblquote Seventy percent of the money goes to pay salaries,
dblquote says the DIG.rn