Police Commissioner of Mumbai
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of Mumbai Police
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|Appointer||Government of Maharashtra|
|Term length||4 years|
|Inaugural holder||Sir Frank H. Souter|
|Deputy||Joint Commissioner of Police|
The Police Commissioner of Mumbai is the chief of the Mumbai Police. The commissioner is appointed by the Maharashtra State Government on the recommendation by the Establishment Board, which includes Additional Chief Secretary—Home department and other senior bureaucrats.
The commissioner is an Indian Police Service officer.
On 14 December 1864, when the port city of Bombay was at the height of its mercantile boom, Sir Frank Souter laid the foundations of a police force that he hoped would rank "only second to Scotland Yard".
Sir Frank, who remained at the helm of the police force for 24 years, was Mumbai's first Commissioner of police. Successive CPs built up a force that became the most formidable in the Empire, second only to London. Almost no major crime in Mumbai remained unsolved for long. Neither were there any political killings. Despite prolonged labor strikes, the fabric of Mumbai's law and order remained unrent, thanks to the fine force led by dedicated CPs and their loyal band of officers. On the first day of India's freedom, ace police officer J.S. Bharucha took over from A.E. Caffin. It was the end of the British era, but as in other areas of government, the pomp and ceremony of office continued, every morning, the CP is welcomed into the headquarters with a smart salute by a Police platoon and band. Bombay province's first Inspector General of Police (IGP) S.M. Kamte realized soon enough that although he was technically head of the entire province, the power lay with the Bombay CP. Kamte prevailed upon the then chief minister (called premier) B.G. Kher to shift the IGP's office from Pune to Mumbai. But even this did not dent the CP's clout and the CP's post has remained like the Wimbledon Cup that every police officer worth his salt has aspired for. Supercop J.F. Ribeiro occupied the CP's office for over three years and is the only CP after 1960, when Maharashtra was formed, to complete a full tenure. Ribeiro's most challenging job was quelling the police revolt of 1982 in Mumbai, the first of its kind almost anywhere in India. The most adverse publicity was earned when retired CP Ram Deo Tyagi was arrested for his alleged role in the Suleiman Bakery firing during the 1992-'93 Mumbai riots. In January 1993, Shrikant Bapat, an officer of impeccable credentials, was removed as CP for failing to control the riots. His immediate predecessor S. Ramamurthi could never shake off the black spot in his career— he was in charge of Indira Gandhi's security when she was assassinated on 31 October 1984, by her bodyguards. Ramamurthi was shifted out of the department and was reinstated as police chief in Mumbai. CP P.S. Pasricha is the second Sikh to bag the hot seat. The first was A.S. Samra, who replaced Bapat. Intrepid officers like R.H. Mendonca and Satish Sahney have graced the office, never allowing any scandal to taint it.
Forjett Street's Hero Charles Forjett is the best-remembered commissioner of police to date. A genial officer, he used to go native in his dress and speak the local languages fluently. Forjett was a one-man intelligence bureau who busted several criminal rings and created the first formal police structure for Mumbai. Forjett's most commendable job was to ensure that Mumbai remained calm in 1857. Forjett took over in November 1856 and was in office till April 1864. He was the first deputy commissioner of police of Mumbai (1856-62) and was later promoted as acting commissioner (1862-64). In gratitude to his excellent policing, Forjett Hills was named after him.
List of police commissioner of Mumbai
|Name||Dates in Office||Badge Name|
|Sanjay Barve||28 February 2019 - Present||SANJAY BARVE|
|Subodh Kumar Jaiswal||30 June 2018 - 27 February 2019||SUBODH JAISWAL|
|Dattatray Padsalgikar||31 January 2016 – 29 June 2018||D. D. PADSALGIKAR|
|Ahmad Javed||8 September 2015 – 31 January 2016||AHMAD JAVED|
|Rakesh Maria||16 February 2014 – 8 September 2015||RAKESH MARIA|
|Dr.Satyapal Singh||23 August 2012 – 31 January 2014||SATYA PAL SINGH|
|Arup Patnaik||1 March 2011 – 23 August 2012||ARUP PATNAIK|
|Sanjeev Dayal||1 June 2010 – 1 March 2011||SANJEEV DAYAL|
|Dhanushyakodi Sivanandan||13 June 2009 – 31 May 2010||D SIVANANDAN|
|Hasan Gafoor||1 March 2008 – 12 June 2009||HASAN GAFOOR|
|Dhananjay Jadhav||7 March 2007 – 29 February 2008||D. N. JADHAV|
|Anami Narayan Roy||4 February 2004 – 6 March 2007||A. N. ROY|
|Dr.Parvinder Singh Pasricha||19 November 2003 – 3 February 2004||P. S. PASRICHA|
|Ranjit Singh Sharma||1 January 2003 – 9 November 2003||R. S. SHARMA|
|Mahesh Narayan Singh||5 May 2002 – 31 December 2002||M. N. SINGH|
|Ronald Hyacinth Mendonca||21 August 1997 – 5 May 2002||R. H. MENDONCA|
|S. C. Malhotra|
|Satish Sahney||Nov 1993 - Oct 1995||SATISH SAHNEY|
|Amarjeet Singh Samra||Jan 1993- Nov 1993||A. S. SAMRA|
|Shreekant Krushnaji Bapat||August 1992 - January 1993|
|Vasant Keshaorao Saraf||August 1987||V.K.Saraf|
|D. S. Soman||6 June 1986 -|
|Julio Francis Ribeiro||25 February 1982 – 6 June 1986||J. F. RIBEIRO|
|K. P. Medhekar|
|Emmanuel Sumitra Modak||E. S. MODAK|
|K. J. Nanavatty||19 June 1975 - 26 June 1977|||
|K. D. Billimoria||3 July 1955 - 20 September 1957|
|Jehangir Sohrab Bharucha||15 August 1947 – 16 May 1949||J. S. BHARUCHA|
|A. E. Caffin||4 February 1947 – 14 August 1947|
|Sir Frank Souter||14 November 1864 – 3 July 1888|
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