The new police commissioner of Thane, Shiv Pratap Singh Yadav, took over the reins on Tuesday. Yadav succeeded Anil Dhere, who retired on the same day.
A 1977 batch officer of the Indian Police Service, Yadav was posted as the additional director general of the state criminal investigation department, Pune, for three years before taking charge as the new police chief.
Yadav said he will strive towards living up to the expectations of the common man.
“I’ll take stock of the criminal and political situation here in a day or two and will decide on the priorities. But we will try to uphold the rule of law,” said Yadav, who has a masters in Physics.
He added that he will take forward the tradition set by his predecessor. He promised that he will take out time to meet people. “We will bring in a system where people will be satisfied and all their grievances will be looked into at the police station level,” Yadav said. He also called for people’s participation and to have faith in the system. He said that he will ensure a clean, neat and transparent system.
With festivals like Dahi Handi and Ganesh Chaturthi coming up, the commissioner will be holding meetings at Kalyan and Dombivli. “I’m sure things will pass of peacefully,” said Yadav.
However, Yadav will be the police chief in Thane only for five months because he is due for retirement in January 2011.