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Church helps boost police image

Church helps boost police image
Police officers in a recent program in Puttlam reporter, Chilaw
Sri Lanka

March 9, 2011

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Caritas in Sri Lanka have held a special program for police officers in a bid to boost morale and their public image in a society which often accuses them of abuse of power. Caritas-Chilaw, the social arm of Chilaw diocese said the program was designed to increase positive thinking among officers and teach them stress management, which will help them carry out their duties honestly and relate with the public more effectively. “When people with legal power misuse it due to heavy responsibilities, it is our [the Church’s] duty to help them be better peace protectors,” said Father A. Barnaba, director of Caritas-Chilaw during the program held at the Joseph Vaz Center in Puttlam earlier this week. Around 35 police officers from the diocese’s main police stations attended the program. “They are human beings too. It seems they have to work hard to regain public trust that has been lost due to the behavior of a few officers,” said Ragawan Kadiragaman, a U.K.-based lecturer on stress management said. “When police officers are stressed some seem to forget the trust that’s been placed on us. The program has helped those who attended learn how to channel stress and realize it’s the public they are serving," said H. M. Darmasena, a police officer. SR13575.1644
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