Two IPS officers from India have won the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)’s 2021 40 Under 40 awards. They will receive the awards in Dallas, Texas, USA in October.
They’ve been chosen amongst the top 40 police officers from six countries around the world for “exemplifying leadership, dedication, and service to their communities and the law enforcement profession” as per the IACP website.
Santosh Kumar Singh, Superintendent of Police, Korba, Chhattisgarh is one of the recipients. He has been awarded for his swift action against Maoists in the state.
A 2011 batch IPS officer, Singh worked in districts where Maoist activities were widely prevalent. For three and a half years, he was posted in such districts in Chhattisgarh, according to IACP.
IACP adds that he was instrumental in “neutralising, arresting, and gaining the surrender of hundreds of Maoists”. He also worked towards the betterment of people through community policing programmes.
According to the Daily Pioneer, Singh worked in the Naxal-occupied Bastar region by adapting community policing. He imparted training in self-defence to over one lakh children in Mahasamund district.
He also strengthened the Child-Friendly Policing programme. The IACP says that “it significantly reduced crimes against children in the district and changed children’s attitudes toward the police”.
“It is a big moment not that I have been chosen for IACP Award-2021, but because of the fact that our good work has been recognised, which will continue motivating us to serve the people in the best possible manner and without any biases and prejudices. Policing is all about giving a fear-free atmosphere to all and standing firmly by people in the hour of crisis,” said SP Singh, in a report in Economic Times.
He was given a Champions of Change award by former vice president Venkaiah Naidu.
It was under his command that the Raigarh Police distributed 1.24 million free facemasks to people in a single day.
“Serving the community, helping and protecting people, doing different things every day, and having a job with prestige and pride motivates me,” Singh told IACP.
Policing called this officer back to India
Meanwhile, SP Amit Kumar, who works in Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh, quit his cushy job in the United States to serve the country. He is an IPS officer from the 2015 batch.
When he was posted in Lucknow, he headed an investigation that led to the biggest finding of stolen vehicles. The probe nabbed 112 vehicles including luxury cars like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, valued at almost 15 million dollars, as per the IACP. This is considered to be one of the biggest operations.
“I feel proud and honoured to be in a position to create social impact with far-reaching consequences,” said Kumar to IACP.
As soon as Amit Kumar took over as SP, he started a special mobile number for the citizens to call and report on crimes and anti-social activities, where the identity of the person would be kept confidential.
Being an engineer and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, his background has helped the UP police in cyber policing. He established the UP Police’s Cyber Crime division.
He is also said to be an advocate for mental health. He has authored research papers on the importance of mental health and fitness, according to the IACP, and started a special mobile number for people to report crimes.
He has also taken initiative to protect women by giving them counselling sessions.
“I have started with the ongoing ‘Mission Shakti’ programme of UP Police, where we are conducting a series of counselling sessions for girls coming of age to help them not fall prey to ill-willing men. We in UP Police are determined to protect women’s safety. Chandauli has a history of naxalism and so we are engaging more with the communities for talks and regularly organise skill development programmes to ensure youth get jobs and not divert to crimes,” SP Kumar told BW Police World.
‘When policing came calling, SP Amit Kumar left LA, won hearts of citizens in UP with impactful crackdowns’ by Ujjawala Nayudu for BW Police World, Published on 16 September, 2021
‘Chhattisgarh, UP IPS officers selected for IACP award for innovative policing’ Published on 06 September, 2021 Courtesy Economic Times
Edited by Divya Sethu, Feature Image: Santosh Singh/Facebook