BK Gupta takes over as Delhi Police Commissioner

A change from old ways to a people-friendly policing, revamp of elite anti-terror wing Special Cell and a women-centric approach are high on the agenda of BK Gupta who took over as the new Delhi Police Commissioner.

Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 14:44 PM IST

New Delhi: A change from old ways to a people-friendly policing, revamp of elite anti-terror wing Special Cell and a women-centric approach are high on the agenda of BK Gupta who took over as the new Delhi Police Commissioner Wednesday.

A performance based recognition and zero tolerance to corruption are also on the agenda of Gupta, a 1975-batch IPS officer, who replaced YS Dadwal, who has now been transferred to Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) as its Director General.

As he entered his new office, Gupta noted he was "not new to Delhi Police" and hugged Dadwal and congratulated him for the successful conduct of Commonwealth Games on the security front.

"May God bless you. All the best," he told Dadwal.

The former Tihar Jail Director General, Gupta was accorded a guard of honour on his arrival at the Police Headquarters and escorted to the Commissioner`s office where Dadwal handed over charge.

Dadwal was then given a send-off by Gupta, who wished his predecessor "good luck".

Keep in line with tradition, senior officials tugged back the car of Dadwal as he left the headquarters.
Outlining his priorities, Gupta said the old style of policing should now give way to a "new culture" of policing in which public can approach police not only for matters related to crimes.

"We get more funds than earlier. There is a need for a new culture (of policing). Police should be friendly with public and they can approach police for anything," he told reporters after a brief meeting with top officials.

Sending a tough message to non-performers, he told officers that "performers will shine and non-performers will perish" under his regime.

Gupta has already has formulated parameters to assess SHO and one for Assistant Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners would be ready in a couple of days.

"There will be zero tolerance to complacency and illegal activities of my officers. If you are a performer then there is no limit for your term. But if somebody is found involved in illegal activities like land grabbing, they will be in the post for not more than ten days," he said.

For non-performers, Gupta said, he may give them "one or two chances" but after that they will be moved out of their current posting.
Another focus will be making police stations women friendly, he said noting that there will be more women personnel at police stations near Delhi University.

He also said he would revamp anti-terror wing Special Cell and Crime Branch, "my two passions".

"Both these wings will get the best officers, best investigators. These wings are going to get a revamp," Gupta said.

PTI