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Kala Ramachandran : Gurugram’s first woman police chief

Police Department transfers of Indian Police Service, IPS and Haryana Police Service, HPS have happened and departments are set to get their new officers. Among all the names, Kala Ramachandran has particularly made headlines for being named as the new Police Commissioner of Gurugram.

Soon to be the former Principal Secretary, Transport (an IAS cadre post), Kala Ramachandran has gripped everyone’s attention for being the first woman to be appointed to the post of Police Commissioner of Gurugram.

Apart from being the first woman at this post, Kala Ramachandran has many feathers in her cap. She is only the second IPS Officer of ADGP rank, after Mohammad Akil, who has been given the charge of executing the duties of the Police Chief of Gurugram. Though her career remains largely dominated by her stint with the Intelligence Bureau, the journey to this place spanned across departments and was full of a variety of experiences.

Kala Ramachandran is originally from the Tamil Nadu cadre of officers. Her work with the Haryana cadre started only after she got married to the senior IPS officer Navdeep Singh Virk. While Ramachandran has also discharged her duties at the level of Joint Director, her husband Virk was also a former Police Commissioner of Gurugram. Ramachandran’s career at the Haryana cadre had several stints like SP Rewari, Panchkula and Fatehabad. Her being posted at the ADGP rank happened only in Panchkula.

Taking charge from Tuesday, Kala Ramachandran would assume duties from the outgoing Police Chief K K Rao, who has now been transferred to the Bhondsi Police campus. The appointment of the first woman Police Chief comes at a strategic time when the Gurugram Police has found itself in the middle of several controversies. Be it the issue of crime in the city or alleged bribe cases of the officers, issues in the city’s police have surfaced every now and then.

Speaking to media, Kala Ramachandran has put forward her ideas for the betterment of city and the police force. While her aim is to make Gurugram a safer and better city for its residents, especially women and children, she also wants to focus on traffic problems. Talking to PTI she said, “I will spell out my detailed plans when I join and meet my team but my basic goal of strengthening basic policing is very clear. As police personnel, I would ensure that the entire force works towards making the city and its residents safe and secure.”

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