Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki awarded Gurgaon police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk the President’s Police Medal for meritorious service on Thursday in Chandigarh.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar was also present on the occasion.
Nine other police officers from Gurgaon, including inspectors Jagdish Prasad, Jitender Kumar and Jai Singh, were also given the award. Virk joined as Gurgaon police commissioner on November 23, 2014, from inspector general of police (IGP) Security Chandigarh.
Virk has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a master’s degree in business administration from Kurukshetra University.
In 2006, he was instrumental in unearthing a racket by telecom operators, who would activate prepaid SIM cards on forged identity documents in Gurgaon, which made the telecom department review and change the subscriber verification policy.
While posted as deputy inspector general of police in the state crime branch at Gurgaon, he was the officer in-charge of the team that investigated into a Rs 400-crore fraud by a private bank in 2011.
He has represented India in various cyber security forums held in Washington DC (2004), Moscow (2002) and San Diego (2003).
He has also developed special software for detecting cyber crime that is used by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).