Famous Delhi Police Officers who made History

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Delhi has a long line of policing that initially started as the Kotwali system with the first kotwal being established in 1237 A.D. Later during the 1857’s first war of freedom, this system came to an end and was later replaced by an organized form of policing with the adoption of the Indian Police Act of 1861. Since then there have been some of the other changes in Delhi Police but one thing that remained the same throughout was the hard work and dedication with which these people in KHAKHI performed their duties.

They are the reflection of society. Of course, there are black sheep in the police department because of which the Delhi Police is sometimes pilloried. But what people tend to forget is that Delhi Police has produced so many unsung heroes who even laid their lives in the call of duty.

Source: Safalta

These were the people who considered their duty sacred.

Some of the best investigating officers the country has ever seen were produced by Delhi Police. Delhi Police has been able to close cases ranging from the protection of VIPs to solving organized terror attacks on the country.

Today's article will highlight some such Police officers who have brought immense pride to the police force and to the country.

Sanjeev Kumar Yadav: The daring Delhi Police officer who made history

Sanjeev Kumar Yadav has served as the DCP of the Delhi Police’s Special Cell and needs no introduction. He is one of the ablest Delhi Police officers with the highest conviction rate in cases related to terror. In his career, he has worked on many cases including the ones related to the 2005 and 2008 Delhi Blasts. Apart from these, he has also worked on cases of attack on Jama Masjid and Israel diplomats in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Investigating terror-related cases is not an easy job because collecting evidence in such cases is very difficult. But for officers like Sanjeev Yadav, it's an easy job. Mr. Yadav is also known for having broken the backbone of the Indian Mujahideen terror group when it was trying to spread its operations in the country's capital. 

Despite having received several threats to his lifetime and again he performed his duties with full dedication and no fear. Because of his devotion to work he holds the record of having received the highest number of gallantry awards in the country, about 9 of them.

Maxwell Pereira: The Delhi Police officer did commendable work in handling the 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Maxwell Pereira had the most distinguished career in his 35 years of Delhi police service. He had joined the forces as an IPS officer in 1970 and ended up receiving the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Services in 1995.  Pereira is known to have handled the violent 1984 anti-Sikh riots in a “brilliant” manner.  During his career, he was never influenced by any political leader or political party. This is the major reason why he was able to solve the infamous Tandoor case related to Sushil Sharma, a Congress MLA.

Neeraj Kumar: The Delhi Police officer who conversed with Dawood Ibrahim

Neeraj Kumar had the most interesting job career right from his day of induction. He had Joined the Delhi Police force as an IPS officer in 1976 and also served as a Delhi Police Commissioner later on.  Kumar served in the Central Bureau of Investigation where he had the opportunity to work on famous cases like Bombay Blasts of 1993, under which he got to converse with the international underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

During his career, he busted many gangs like the Lapka gang, etc but the most challenging and disturbing case that he ever handled was that of the NIRBHAYA rape case.

Apart from fulfilling the duties assigned to him as a police officer, he went on to form schemes like the “Jan Sampark Scheme” where senior officers would meet people of their area so that better police-to-people connections could be established. 

These are just a few of the many examples of brave hearts that the Delhi Police has given the country. Talking about brave hearts, how we could miss the country's leading police officer ladies. Yes, women, today stand shoulder to shoulder with men when it comes to the protection of the country and its people. Given below is the brief career history of two such daring ladies who were experts in their fields.

Kiran Bedi: Female IPS officer who made history

Talking about lady police officers, this is the first name that everyone in this country remembers. And why should they not? After all, she was the first woman to join the Indian Police Service as an IPS officer in 1972. She served for 35 years before opting for voluntary retirement. She has worked on many important cases during her career but the one that led lasting footprints proved to be when she was posted to the Delhi Prisons as Inspector General. During this time she brought many reforms in Tihar jail which received worldwide acclaim and even won her the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994.

She has a long list of achievements attached to her name. In 2003, Kiran Bedi became the first Indian woman to be appointed as a Police Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. After taking retirement, she wrote several books and today serves as the current Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.

Vimla Mehra: The officer who did some amazing work

Thinking about the position of Special Commissioner Police for the first time being held by a lady in Delhi Police reminds you of Vimla Mehra. After Kiran Bedi, she is best known for serving as the second female director-general of Delhi’s Tihar Prison. While being in this position she worked towards the welfare of women prisoners by providing them with an opportunity to learn foreign languages. She also introduced a women's helpline number to help prevent crime against women.

We hope you enjoyed reading our article on Delhi Police Officers who made history. If all these people can do it you can do it too! History is not made by extraordinary people but by ordinary people who make extraordinary efforts. So, if you feel that you want to be at that place someday and want to serve the country, start making your efforts today.
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