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Sri Lanka: Scottish Police College

Sustainable Livelihoods through Community Policing (Sri Lanka)

In August, 2010 Scottish Government awarded funding to the Scottish Police College to work with the Sri Lanka Police Service and other partners in an endeavour to support the introduction of Community Policing.  This was seen as an important step in building capacity within the police service, engendering trust and confidence amongst communities and healing divisions that existed within Sri Lankan society following the end of internal conflict in 2009.  Funding runs until 31st March, 2013

The declared outcomes at the outset of the project were:

  • To create a new and unique qualification in Community Policing.
  • To provide training and qualifications to 4 cohorts of 20 police officers.
  • To develop a local governance structure so that the project was owned and managed locally and therefore carried hopes of sustainability.
  • To conduct or arrange for an Impact assessment before the programme ended.

Through a combination of research, training and supported development activities the Scottish Police College has worked with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the Sri Lanka Police Service to develop a vocational award in community policing. This forms the basis of a training programme which has now been delivered to over 60 senior police officers from across Sri Lanka.  This has encouraged police and community leaders to develop community policing capacity at the local level, which focuses on reducing crime and addressing discrimination and inequality.  The project has already achieved far reaching impact across the country through the implementation of a number of innovative projects aimed at tackling key issues of concern to local communities, including drug and alcohol abuse, public health issues such as dengue fever, inquisitive crime, child abuse and domestic violence.   It has led to greater levels of community engagement with the police, fostered an ethos of partnership working at a local level and led to increased trust and confidence in the police.  This work will continue through the training of further senior officers and the implementation of community based projects on a wider scale.