The Police department which was under the purview of the Defense Ministry has been now placed under the Ministry of Law and Order.
A new Ministry of Law and Order was established according to the special gazette notice that was issued on the 16th of this month.
Retired Major General Nanda Mallawaarachchi who is currently serving as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner of Indonesia has been appointed as the secretary of the new ministry.
Accordingly the police department will act under the new ministry of Law and Order of which he is the secretary.
However, President Mahinda Rajapakse is the cabinet minister in charge of both the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development and the Ministry of Law and Order.
The police department is the only department under the purview of the new Ministry of Law and Order.