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Sri Lanka


Law enforcement services in Sri Lanka are provided by the Sri Lanka Police Service (SLPS), a national police agency with a strength of more than 89,000 men and women. The force is headed by an Inspector General of Police who reports to the Minister of Defence.

SLPS mandate:

  • Crime prevention, detection and investigation;
  • National security (including counter-terrorism, public order, intelligence services, VIP security, prison transport services);
  • Traffic control;
  • Emergency services;
  • Community policing.

SLPS structure includes:

  • Children & Women Bureau;
  • Counter Terrorism;
  • Criminal Investigation Department ;
  • Diplomatic Security Division;
  • Judicial Security Division;
  • Marine Division;
  • Mounted Police
  • Police Kennels;
  • Police Narcotic Bureau;
  • President, Prime Minister and Minister Security Divisions;
  • Riot Squad;
  • Special Investigation Unit;
  • Special Task Force;
  • Sri Lanka Police College;
  • State Intelligence Service;
  • Traffic Police.

Other domestic law enforcement agencies include:

  • Sri Lanka Customs;
  • Immigration & Emigration;
  • Sri Lanka Navy;
  • Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption;
  • Forest Conservation;
  • Excise Department.


Under the command of a Deputy Inspector General of Police, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is the national unit which investigates serious and organized crime.  The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Sri Lanka is a CID unit. The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the CID is also the Head of NCB.

INTERPOL Colombo links domestic law enforcement units to INTERPOL’s global network, working with its partner NCBs across the world in supporting and conducting international police investigations.  INTERPOL Colombo is Sri Lanka’s law enforcement platform for international fugitive investigations.

INTERPOL Colombo in action
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
05 April 2011

Cricket World Cup host countries ensured security with millions of checks against INTERPOL's global databases

LYON, France – Authorities in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka have been commended by INTERPOL for their collaborative efforts with the world police body and international law enforcement on the safety of participants and spectators during the Cricket World Cup, which saw them ensure that as many domestic and foreign visitors as possible were checked again...
10 March 2011

Terror suspect arrested in Maldives after passport check triggers INTERPOL alarm

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – A Maldives national wanted in connection with a 2007 terror bombing attack has been arrested less than six hours after his passport triggered an INTERPOL alarm as he travelled from Pakistan to the Maldives via Sri Lanka.Iqbal Mohamed, the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally wanted persons issued at the request of the...

Red Notices 115

Age today: 44 years old
Nationality: Sri lanka


Age today: 38 years old
Nationality: Sri lanka


All wanted persons

Yellow Notices 3

Age today: 32 years old
Nationality: Sri lanka


Age today: 14 years old
Nationality: Sri lanka


All Missing persons

  • 17th Asian Regional Conference - 2002 - Colombo