Atulchandra Kulkarni took over the key post of joint commissioner of police (JCP) (crime) Mumbai on Tuesday.
He succeeded his batch mate Sadanand Date, a 26/11 hero, who took a central deputation in CRPF, recently.
After taking charge, Kulkarni, an IPS officer from the 1990 batch, told reporters: “I don’t have a magic wand and I am just getting to know my job.”
He added he would follow the set precedence of the crime branch to control and curb crime.
When asked about how he would manage the shortage of staff in the crime branch, he said, “I will make the best of the available staff. Their efficiency is important.”
Kulkarni, a native of Solapur, has done his schooling and college in Pune.
He has a degree in mechanical engineering from a college in Karnataka, after which he studied law from the University of Pune, before joining the IPS.
As an IPS officer, he has worked in Nanded as a probationer and an assistant superintendent of police in Latur. As a superintendent of police, he has worked in Jalgaon, Buldhana, Anti-Naxalite operations, and Bhandara.
For a year, he was with the United Nations (UN) in Kosovo.
In Mumbai, Kulkarni has worked as the deputy commissioner of police (zone 4) and with the protection branch around 2001. He was with the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in Pune for a year.
From 2002 to 2013, he was with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and was posted in Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh and Mumbai.
Kulkarni was posted with the IB in Mumbai during the 26/11 terror attacks, in 2008. Before being appointed as JCP (crime), he was inspector general of police (establishment) in the DGP office.