Inspector General of Police Chandana Deepal Wickramaratne, who was born on 26th March 1963,
is a proud product of Ananda College, Colombo 10. He joined the Sri Lanka Police on 16th June 1986, soon
after the graduation from the University of Colombo and his career began as an Intelligence Officer in the
rank of ASP. After nearly a decade in the intelligence community, he also served in the operational areas of
Northern and Eastern Provinces during the height of the separatist conflict and was instrumental in
establishing new measures to strengthen the role of the Police, especially in the Jaffna Peninsula, and
improving relations with the local communities. With the end of the separatist war in 2009, he played a
decisive role in fostering inter-communal harmony through traditional cultural values of Sinhala and Tamil
communities in Matara, a pilot project that won international acclaim for reconciliation. His hands-on
approach in dealing with the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, by arranging immediate relief for some 300
orphans in the Southern Province and also re-establishing three tsunami-destroyed Police Stations in Matara
District within 24 hours and coordinated relief operations in the absence of disaster management
infrastructure, testified an exemplary leadership. As the Senior DIG In-Charge of Southern Province and
simultaneously holding the post of Acting Senior DIG of Sabaragamuwa Province, along with the three
decades of combined experience in intelligence, administration and public relations, he was successful in
earning the trust of local communities for maintaining law and order.
In addition, he was a key participant at the 2003 Workshop on “Capacity Building in Civilian
Policing in Sri Lanka” in which a roadmap for the effective administration of Sri Lanka Police was
developed for the first time, in collaboration with the Hon. Attorney General, the Law Commission, the
Centre of Studies for Human Rights and the Swedish National Police Board. He was also an active
participant in a workshop on “Crime Investigation” in 2003 conducted by Sri Lanka Police, the Hon.
Attorney General Department, the Law Commission, the Centre of Studies for Human Rights and the
Swedish National Police Board. Moreover, he attended a seminar held in Singapore 2015, on Community
Policing Strategies evolving from the Koban System of Japan and the Neighbourhood Police Centre System
of Singapore. These are amongst some of the most valued contributions towards policy developments of Sri
Inspector General of Police Chandana Wickramaratne’s professional career included participating
in many overseas delegations and conferences. Notable among them was his participation as a member of
the Sri Lankan Delegation in 2012 to study the Federal Police Structure in Brazil, with the intention of using
Brazil as a model for Sri Lanka to implement provisions of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, and his
partaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in New Delhi in 2013,
focusing on Social Media and Cyber Crime.
Furthermore, along the distinguished police career, he successfully completed the Problem Driven
Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) Course on Building State Capability at Harvard University in 2016, M.Sc
(Defence Studies in Management) at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana in 2006,
and Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution and Security Studies at University of Bradford in 2006,
while being armed with a B.Sc (Physical Science) from University of Colombo in 1986.
He was appointed as Inspector General of Police on 27th November 2020 with an unblemished record
in Sri Lanka Police with no allegations of bribery, corruption or violations of fundamental rights.