Justice Minister focuses on expanding the Prison Emergency Response Strategic Force
Thu, Dec 23, 2021, 11:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Dec 23, Colombo: Minister of Justice Ali Sabry has focused his attention on expanding the Prison Emergency Response Strategic Force.
At a discussion held under the patronage of the Minister of Justice yesterday (22) at the auditorium of the Ministry of Prison Management and Rehabilitation on prison security, the Minister and the Secretary to the Ministry were briefed on the establishment of the Sri Lanka Prisons Emergency Response Strategic Force and its current status.
Expressing his views, the Minister of Justice said the law should be strictly enforced against officials involved in illegal activities. He also hoped that the amendments to the Prisons Ordinance, which had been delayed for 15 years, would be finalized soon.
The Minister said that he would extend all possible assistance to make the prison system a safe and efficient institution, especially, with the use of technological tools in prisons and to enhance the Prison Emergency Response Strategic Force.
Following the media and electronic media reporting various corruption and misconduct in prisons, the then Commissioner General of Prisons, Major General VR Silva, intervened to establish the Prison Intelligence and Security Unit on 23.01.2010, with 46 officers covering the Colombo Prison Complex to prevent the entry of prohibited substances into prisons, to quell sudden riots in prisons and to deal with special security matters
Presidential Task Force under the guidance of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and on the instructions of Ali Sabry, Minister of Justice and Secretary of Defense Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne, reorganized the Prison Police Unit and established as the Prison Emergency Response Strategic Force on 09 February 2021 to identify all forms of illegal and corrupt practices as well as criminal activities in prisons, to combat such activities, to ensure the security of the inmates and to achieve the most effective security and intelligence objectives.
At present 194 free soldiers are undergoing training at the Boossa Army Training School for the Prison Emergency Response Strategic Force. The Army Armed Intelligence Training School has provided an intelligence training course to the officers of the Sri Lanka Prison Emergency Response Strategic Force.
After the training, the officers will be deployed on special guard / prison security and guard duty duties.
The unit was recently provided with a drone camera system. CCTV cameras are being installed in the main prisons and will be completed soon. An operating room for the camera system will be set up at the Prison Emergency Response Strategic Force Office at the prison headquarters.
In addition, officers are deployed for office duties, VIP security and surveillance duties. These officers will conduct emergency searches in all prisons in the island in the future.