The current decorations and medals of the Sri Lanka Police were adapted from those of the Dominion of Ceylon in 1972 when Sri Lanka became a republic.
The United Nations Medal for participation in:
|Janadhipathi Police Weeratha Padakkama||1972|
|Sri Lanka Police Weeratha Padakkama||1972|
|Sri Lanka Police Vishishta Seva Padakkama||1972|
|Sri Lanka Police Long Service Medal||1972|
|Desha Putra Padakkama||1972|
|President's Inauguration Medal||1978|
|50th Independence Anniversary Commemoration Medal||1998|
|Purna Bhumi Padakkama||1977|
|Riviresa Campaign Services Medal||1996|
|Sri Lanka Police 125th Anniversary Medal||1991|
|Sri Lanka Police First Aid Medal|
|United Nations Medals||Various|
|Northern Humanitarian Operations Medal||2010|
|Eastern Humanitarian Operations Medal||2010|
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The Sri Lanka Police Weeratha Padakkama is awarded to police officers in Sri Lanka for gallantry or brave performance of duty. It is awarded by the Inspector General of Police (IGP). The medal replaced the Ceylon Police Medal for Gallantry which was awarded until Ceylon became a Republic in 1972.
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