Addressing SSPs and SPs at a meeting at Temple Trees today (02), he said the execution of duties by the police was at a good level, but that he still was not satisfied with their performance.
He said that 95 per cent of police personnel did their jobs properly, while five per cent did not, due to no fault of the government or him.
Problems arise if police act with the intention of siding with a politician or some other group.
How police acted at Mt. Lavinia
Giving an example, Ratnayake said he was not satisfied with the manner police did the duties at the incident involving Myanmar refugees at Mt. Lavinia recently.
He questioned and expressed surprised over the Galle HQI’s refusal to accept a cabinet approved decision announced through gazette that vehicles with a height of more than three metres and a weight of over five tons could not enter the Galle Fort.
Road accident involving Sagala
Also, there was no police officer to take up the responsibility and do the duty when another vehicle collided with his official vehicle while overtaking from the left side at the southern expressway, he said.
He said the police made him get down from the official vehicle and took it to the police station, without allowing him to go home.
If the police did that to the minister, can they be trusted to do their duty by the public, Ratnayake asked the senior policemen.
He also cited an incident involving escort vehicles of the prime minister in Nuwara Eliya previously.
Even IGP not aware
The minister stressed that if a serious incident took place, the SSP or the SP in charge of the division should go there and report directly to the IGP.
Ratnayake said that the acting police chief didn’t know about the Mt. Lavinia incident until he told him about it.
Even the IGP was unaware of certain incidents about which he inquired from him, said the minister.
Ministry secretary Jagath P. Wijeweera and IGP Pujith Jayasundara too, participated.