officers may return as DIGs
Ten retired Senior Superintendents of Police are
among those to be called upon by the National Police Commission
(NPC) for interviews for promotions to the rank of Deputy Inspectors
General but its Chairman Neville Piyadigama said he was unaware
He told The Sunday Times the Commission was now
awaiting a list of 55 names to be submitted by the Inspector General
of Police. From that number, eleven are to be picked for promotion
to the rank of DIG to fill vacancies that exist. The Sunday Times
learns that the list would include ten retired SSPs.
Police Chief Chandra Fernando declined to comment
on the inclusion of retired officers. However, he told The Sunday
Times even if retired officers were appointed the NPC was the authority
that had the power to make appointments. “If they want to
appoint retired officers they can do it. There have been retired
officers in the past who have been promoted,” he said.
Mr. Piyadigama said the NPC had asked the Police
Chief to send a list of the “most eligible candidates for
the post of DIG.” He said, “we are interviewing 55 officers,
five times the number that will qualify.”
The Commission had made available to the IGP the
marking schemes for promotions, he said. At a meeting held on May
31, the NPC decided to fill the eleven positions vacant in the rank
of DIG. These vacancies occurred in October 2005.