Today marks the 155th Police Day.
Sri Lanka Police duty history spans more than two centuries.
However, sources say the country’s Police history goes beyond the two decades.
According to sources, a resolution passed by the Colombo Municipal Council on the 10th of June 1650 after the conquest of the coastal areas by the Dutch, four soldiers were deployed to control trade in Colombo and to protect the city at night.
It is said that in the year 1806 an ordinance was passed for the English to perform Police duties outside the city of Colombo and by 1833 a paid Police service was initiated. During this period Thomas Austin was appointed as a Superintendent of Police.
A study on the history of the Sri Lanka Police reveals a Police team consisting of 165 officers were on duty for a population of 390,000 in Colombo at the time.
The inauguration of the Police, that is to date effective, was considered as the 3rd of September 1866 while the first Inspector General of Police was Sir GWR Campbell.
Accordingly, the 155th Police Day will be celebrated today, considering it the day on which the Statutory Police was established.