When the suggestion for writing this book was first made, I wondered what was there to write about. After all, Delhi Police is just one of the many police forces in the country. But, as I started to read up and research, two things stood out. First, even after serving for over three decades, I didn’t know enough about the Delhi Police. Second, there was no book available which could help me learn more. Delhi Police is responsible for policing India’s capital city and like any other police force in the country it is regulated by the Constitution and all other relevant statutes. But what makes it unique is the strange mix of history, culture and tradition which has been instrumental in its evolution. No other police force has shaped and has been shaped by the course of history as much. Delhi Police is not one of many but truly one of its kind. Moreover, the Delhi Police owes a primer to the citizens of Delhi. They draw their knowledge about their police either from the crime columns of newspapers or from social media chatter, interspersed with occasional press releases from the PR department. The reality of Delhi Police lies somewhere in between. This book is the first, albeit a partial attempt, to fill this void.
Suvashis Choudhary is a senior Indian Police Service officer with more than thirty years of experience, having joined Delhi Police in 1987 as an Assistant Commissioner of Police. He has handled very challenging assignments from local police, traffic and security to anti-corruption and economic offences wing. He also served in the United Nations Peace-keeping Mission in Kosovo where he held a leadership position. Always willing to take risks and experiment, he has constantly endeavoured to find out-of-the-box solutions to law enforcement problems. He is a post-graduate in economics from Delhi School of Economics, an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi and is currently pursuing a PhD at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is a recipient of President’s Medal for Distinguished Service and the Police Medal for Meritorious Service for his invaluable service to the country. Recently, he has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Silver Cup for standing first in the all India essay competition on Evidence-based Policing. He is interested in the use of technology for formulating law enforcement strategies. He is presently the Joint Commissioner of Police, Southern Range in Delhi.