Tourist Police outlines action taken on the recent harassment meted out to a US citizen in Mirissa

Following a report on a harassment case in Mirissa, Sri Lanka Tourist police released the following statement on the action taken by the relevant police station:

OIC Police Tourist Division, Prabath Vidanagama stated that "The Kotiliwila police has arrested the 36 year old suspect on the same day of the incident and later produced before the magistrate and was released on personal bail of LKR 200,000. Furthermore, the suspect has been ordered to appear before the Kotiliwila police station every Sunday between 9.00 am to 12.00 am while the case is scheduled to be called on 28th of this month for hearing"

Currently, there are 11 Tourist Police Units across Sri Lanka and to ensure the safety of all travellers, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority along with the Tourist Police Division has launched a new project to establish 22 new Tourist Police Units across popular destinations of which the 1st Unit is set to be opened in the center of Mirissa Tourism Area on 22nd of March.

Recently, the Tourist Police also launched a poster campaign across Sri Lanka aiming to create awareness on how to be cautious while traveling and important contact details in an emergency situation with the assistance of British High Commission in Sri Lanka.

Tourist Police seeks assistance from the general public in order to create a safer environment by dialing 1912 to report any unsafe environment and practices by people who are involved in the tourism sector directly or indirectly.

As a nation, it’s everyone’s accountability to create a safer environment for all tourists in order to achieve economic development and social well-being of the country.

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