Sri Lanka’s Elite Police Unit, the STF marks 40 years of service


COLOMBO (Information 1st); Sri Lanka Elite Police Pressure, the Police Particular Process Pressure, celebrates its fortieth anniversary on Wednesday (1).

Here is a have a look at the historical past of this elite power, that was intrumental in countering terror assaults, and sustaining the peace.

Originally of the early Nineteen Eighties, with the emergence of terrorist actions within the North and East, the Police in the middle of their duties needed to face armed assaults carried out by the terrorists. 

The terrorist assaults resulted within the killing of police personnel, assaults on Police Stations and assassinations of VIPP. 

Therefore the need arose for the formation of a particular army arm inside the Police Service to counter terrorist actions.

Within the mild of the above state of affairs, a Particular Committee was appointed to analyze the police capabilities up to now to fight terrorism and its shortcomings.

The Ranasinghe Committee report really helpful the necessity to set up a Particular Strike Pressure to help the Police Division, as the present particular items weren’t efficient to fulfill the terrorists’ assaults.

Thereafter the Authorities of Sri Lanka requested the Police Division to launch 60 personnel to kind a Particular Pressure and obtained the providers of Main Ananda Weerasekara, Main Sumith Rohan Manawadu of the SLA (in 2015 each held the rank of Main Common). 

After the preliminary coaching at Katukurunda fight coaching was given at Military Fight Coaching Faculty at Ampara. 

After the coaching interval, this group served beneath the management of ASP Bodhi Liyanage. Initially they got coaching in the usage of 303 Rifles and S.L.R. which fashioned the army wing of the Police Division as a Particular Placing Pressure. ASP Bodhi Liyanage served solely a interval of 09 months. He was succeeded by SP Dharmasiri Weerakoon. SP Dharmasiri Weerakoon serves as the pinnacle of the Particular Strike Pressure from 01.12.1983 to 31.08.1984.

This outfit was first deployed within the North to supply safety to the Police Stations and to help the Police to counter the terrorist threats. A piece of this Unit was deployed in July 1983 to supply safety in Wellawatte throughout the communal riots often known as “Black July”. The remaining personnel, who had been serving within the North, had been deployed in Level Pedro, Velvettiturai and Kankesanturai Police Stations in Jaffna District.

The neutral duties carried out by this Unit throughout the communal riots to take care of peace, gained the reward of the Tamil Group in addition to that of the Authorities. Consequently, this Unit was deployed to supply safety to VVIPs together with PSD. They assisted the PSD to supply safety in any respect capabilities attended by his Excellency the President.

On 05.05.1984 it was named because the Particular Process Pressure and was connected to the Police Division as a Para Navy Unit.

The Headquarters of the Particular Process Pressure was at Ward Place. Mr. Ravi Jayawardena, then Safety Advisor to the Ministry of Defence took an energetic curiosity in acquiring specialised coaching to S.T.F. personnel by international Instructors.

An Establishment in the UK often known as the “Kini Mini Service” (Okay.M.S.) comprising of British ex-SAS officers supplied coaching to the STF officers on the very starting. 

Among the many topics taught had been ways adopted by Riot squads, weapon coaching, firing practices, Counter Terrorism Search, Dealing with of Explosive, Mapping & Use of Compass gear and First Assist. Additionally the introduction of the world famend American made M16 Automated Rifle. This entitled the S.T.F. to the Inexperienced Beret which was awarded to internationally famend Particular Forces personnel. 

On 01.09.1984 a gaggle of STF personnel who had been serving in Jaffna District had been caught up in a landmine explosion arrange by the terrorists at Tikkam on the Level Pedro Welvetiturai highway. Police Constable 2539 Chandrapala, PC 4100 Ekanayake, 3928 Nanayakkara and PCD 13089 Sumanasekera had been killed within the efficiency of their responsibility. They had been the primary casualties of the S.T.F.

In February 1985, safety in Batticaloa District was handed over to the Particular Process Pressure by the Sri Lanka Military. The primary S.T.F base was established in Kallady space and N.Okay. Ilangakoon, ASP, (current Inspector Common of Police) was the primary Commanding Officer of S.T.F. troops in Batticaloa. Inside a couple of months the S.T.F. was capable of counter the terrorist actions of EROS, TELO, PLOTE and EPRLF efficiently.

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