Sri Lanka: Post-Civil War Police Reform and Public Security

The bloody, 25-year armed conflict in Sri Lanka is over, but in small, hardscrabble towns like Pussellawa – a high-altitude hamlet in central Sri Lanka – a legacy of rigid, aggressive, inherited policing tactics is preventing police and residents from collaborating to fight a surge in crime. Read more about this in our blog. The Asia Foundation is bringing together socially marginalized estate Tamils and local police officers in a series of first-time community-policing forums. The goal is to improve security, encourage better communication and friendlier interaction between the police and citizens, and restore public confidence in institutions of justice.

Related locations: Sri Lanka
Related programs: Conflict and Fragile Conditions, Exchanges
Related topics: Peacebuilding in Asia