|Our Salute to Former IGP Mr. Cyril Herath|
Former IGP Mr. L.D. Cyril Herath who headed the Police Department from 1985 to 1988 passed away on 08th September 2011.
He is a graduate of the University of Peradeniya having studied Economics, History and Philosophy and is an old boy of St. John’s College Nugegoda and Royal College Colombo. He earned University colours excelling in Athletics.
Mr. Herath joined the Police Service in 1957 as a probationary ASP and was promoted as SP in 1969 and as DIG in 1975. As the IGP, he ensured discipline in the service and handled admirably the challenges faced during that time with northern terrorism raising its head and southern subversive activities.
Subsequent to his Police career he was appointed as the Chairman of the National Savings Bank in 1994 and had two long stints at the Bank leading the transformation the Bank went through during that period. Further he served as the Secretary, Ministry of Defence in 2003/4. He was also conferred with the Deshamanya title for his distinguished service to the country. He also held important positions connected with intelligence and national security.
IGP Mr. N.K Illangakoon conveyed his deepest sympathies to the family of the late IGP Cyril Herath on behalf of Police Officers of all ranks.
Cortege left residence No. 64, Old Kesbewa Road Nugegoda and the funeral took place at the General Cemetery, Borella on September 10, after ceremonial proceedings.