British Asia News Network
Colombo: A day to be proud of, over 1,000 police officers who have successfully implemented & committed to make the drug eradication program a success and police officers who had shown exceptional skills in conducting drug eradication raids have been recognised by Sri Lanka President. The award ceremony has been organized by the Presidential Task Force on drug eradication.
The Presidential Awards Ceremony to recognize police officers who committed themselves for the success of the concept ‘a country free of drugs’ will be held today January 28th 2019 under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo.
The President will present 1,034 police officers with awards and merit certificates for the period from 14th January 2015 to the 14th of this month.
This includes police officers who actively took part in conducting raids on illegal drugs and police officers who were actively involved in controlling organized crime gangs involved in drug rackets. A group of Police officers of the Special Task Force will also be presented with awards.
Awards will be presented under three categories. The Presidential Police Hero Medal will be presented to 15 police officers. Another 59 officers will be presented with Police Skill Medals and the others will be awarded with Presidential recognition certificates.
The National Drug Eradication Program under the theme “Secure Tomorrow-Maithree Rule” for a country free of drugs was held declaring a drug prevention week from 21st to 28th January.
The Presidential Task Force on drug eradication was setup under the direct supervision of the President with the aim of reducing illegal drug production, transportation and the selling by 80 percent by the year 2020 relative to year 2014