Senior IPS officer Dattatray Padsalgikar took charge as commissioner of Mumbai Police on Sunday, replacing Ahmad Javed who was appointed as Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to reporters after taking charge, the 1982 batch IPS officer said, dealing with terrorism is a very important aspect and they would work along with the ATS to keep city safe. On the fight against Islamic State (IS), he said along with the police, families and professors have an important role to play.
He further said the Mumbai Police would also focus on crimes against senior citizens, women and children. He also said police would be asked to curb organised, cyber and economic crime which affects the people.
“Our focus would be to keep Mumbai safe and all the good work of the past would be continued. Maximum work would be done for the good of the citizens,” he said.
Have taken charge as the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai. Wish to work with you, for you, to the best of my ability.— CP Mumbai Police (@CPMumbaiPolice) January 31, 2016
Javed had replaced Rakesh Maria as the city’s police commissioner in September last year in midst of the Sheena Bora murder probe. Javed, who retired on Sunday, was the DG (Homeguards) before taking up the post.
Padsalgikar was on deputation to the central government in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for the past few years. He will retire in August 2018.
Earlier in the day, Javed got an official send off from his fellow police officers at Naigaon Police parade ground in Central Mumbai.
During his short speech, Javed thanked the state police force for supporting him and congratulated the thirteen President medal’s recipients from Mumbai Police. Javed said he is proud to take over his next assignment.
(With inputs from PTI)