ON ARRIVAL VISAS FOR POLICE OFFICERS

Published : 8:50 am  November 3, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (464) reads | 

BY KURULU KOOJANA KARIYAKARAWANA

Sri Lankan police officers making overseas visits on official duty will get on arrival visas in future under an MoU signed between the SL Police and the Interpol.

IGP N K Illangakoon who is presently on an official tour in Rwanda to take part in the 84th Interpol General Assembly held in Kigali from November 2 to 5 will sign the MoU that will facilitate the special visa condition. The supreme governing body of the International Police, with a membership of 190 countries around the world annually meets for the general assembly to discuss and take all major decisions affecting the general policy, international cooperation and finances.

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Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said by signing to the MoU the Sri Lankan police officers will get the benefit of receiving on arrival visa when visiting foreign countries for a probe, inquiry or a training programme.

Earlier local officers had to apply for visas prior to entering another country for a probe or to arrest a suspect wanted for a local crime. This year’s assembly in Kigali will address some of the most pressing cross border challenges faced by the police today such as counter terrorism and foreign terrorist fighters, organized criminal groups behind drug trafficking and human smuggling and the different facets of cyber crime. IGP Illangakoon will return to the country on Saturday, the ASP said. In his absence Senior DIG Western Province Pujith Jayasundera will act as the IGP until November 5 and Senior DIG VIP Security S M Wickramasinghe will act as the IGP on November 6 and 7.