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Church helps boost police imagePolice officers in a recent program in Puttlam
- ucanews.com reporter, Chilaw
- Sri Lanka
- March 9, 2011
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.
â€śWhen people with legal power misuse it due to heavy responsibilities, it is our [the Churchâ€™s] duty to help them be better peace protectors,â€ť 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 dioceseâ€™s main police stations attended the program.
â€śThey 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,â€ť said Ragawan Kadiragaman, a U.K.-based lecturer on stress management said.
â€śWhen police officers are stressed some seem to forget the trust thatâ€™s been placed on us. The program has helped those who attended learn how to channel stress and realize itâ€™s the public they are serving," said H. M. Darmasena, a police officer.