Kolkata: Rajeev Kumar formally took over as the new Kolkata Police chief on Wednesday. Harping on the need for a more people-friendly force, Kumar said the police requires support and cooperation from the public to continue serving them better.
“People used to say police is public and public is police… We will require cooperation from all sections of the society so that we can serve them better,” Kumar said.
Taking over from incumbent Surajit Kar Purakayastha, who was promoted to the rank of DG (crime), Kumar said, “Kolkata Police is a prestigious organization in the country. I hope I will keep the flag of Kolkata Police flying high. This is a great honour and responsibility for me. I understand that it is like a relay race with baton handed over to a new person who will have to continue the same good work,” Kumar said.
Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer who turned 50 on January 31, visited all the important sections in Lalbazar and was introduced to senior officers. A good portion of his visit was reserved for the traffic building.
Kumar was the Additional Director General of Police, CID, had served as commissioner of Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate. He is credited with setting up the cyber cell and the Kolkata Police special task force (STF), of which he was the head.
He was also the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Birbhum, besides, being the special SP of Enforcement Branch (EB), DC (EB), DC Central Division, Special SP (CID), Deputy Inspector-General, CID (Operations), Joint Commissioner (STF), Additional Commissioner of Kolkata Police and Commissioner, Bidhannagar Police and Additional Director-General (CID).