Yurinder Singh Hayer, deputy inspector general (DIG), Ludhiana range, joined the office on Wednesday.
Hayer, earlier posted as DIG of Bathinda zone, has held various positions in the past.
He had served as deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Ludhiana, and then as DCP, Jalandhar.
He was also appointed as senior superintendent of police, Jalandhar, rural, for more than 2 years.
A 1999-batch Indian Police Service officer, Hayer was appointed as DIG of Ludhiana range on June 23 and joined office on Wednesday. He joined the Punjab police as DSP in 1990 and was later elevated to the rank of IPS.
“A major emphasis will be given on team work and people-friendly policing in coordination with all segments of the society,” said Hayer.
After having a meeting with all SSPs of areas falling under the Ludhiana range, Hayer said a special priority would be given to curb the increasing number of crimes in Ludhiana. “Youth will be associated in various activities to create discipline in the society and for the prevention of crime,” he added.
An official release by the police department stated that Hayer was a keen golfer and a remarkable tennis player.
He is also senior vice-president of the Punjab Basketball Association.
Having studied the police system and working in USA, Hayer was also decorated with President's Police Medal for Meritorious Services (2013) for doing exceptionally good work during the recent Lok Sabha Elections.