Leicester graduates in the news: NK Illangakoon

Posted by mjs76 at Jul 04, 2011 11:00 AM |
Sri Lanka’s most senior police officer.

Numerous Sri Lankan news sources including the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Times report the appointment of Mr NK Illangakoon as the country’s new Inspector General of Police (IGP), the most senior position in the Sri Lanka Police Service. Mr Illangkoon studied for a BEd at the University of Colombo in the 1970s and subsequently achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Police Management from the University of Leicester.

He joined the Police Service in 1982 as Probationary Assistant Superintendent of Police and has risen through the ranks since then. In 1983 he co-founded the Police Service’s elite anti-terrorism unit, the Special Task Force, and served as its first Deputy Commandant. Earlier this year, Mr Illangakoon was in charge of security operations in Sri Lanka for the Cricket World Cup.

The Sri Lanka Police Service was founded in 1866 and Mr Illangakoon is the 33rd person to hold the position of IGP.