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Books Of The Week - Saturday 27th January 2024

Crime, Grime & Gumption: Case Files of an IPS Officer

by O.P. Singh 


About the Book
O.P. Singh had his first brush with law at an early age―soon after losing his father, the house he and his mother were staying in, alone, was burgled. The young boy was determined to take the matter to the police but was met with the apathy of the officers stationed in the small town. That event left its mark.
Today, Singh has had an illustrious career of thirty-seven years, one marked by unwavering diligence and concern for the office―an attitude that could not be more different from those police officers he came across all those years ago.
A 1983-batch Indian Police Service officer from the Uttar Pradesh (UP) cadre, Singh’s tenure as a civil servant has spanned positions not just in various districts of UP but significant roles heading central government services, such as the Central Industrial Security Force and the National Disaster Response Force. His command witnessed the successful handling of several sensitive events, including tackling insurgency in the Lakhimpur Kheri regions, supervising the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, maintaining law and order during the Ayodhya verdict and ensuring a smooth Kumbh Mela in 2019. Under his leadership, the Commissionerate system was established in Lucknow and Noida and Indian aid teams conducted relief operations in the 2015 Nepal earthquake. All in all, Singh’s journey has been marked by a concern for the people―whether the men under him or the citizens he served.
Crime, Grime and Gumption is a gritty account of field operations and encounters with militancy but equally a tale of everyday law enforcement and the ins and outs of a career devoted to policing for the people.

About the Author
Former Indian Police Service officer O.P. Singh has the unique distinction of having commanded three premier police organizations for close to six years. He was chief of India's largest police force (Uttar Pradesh Police) and also the world's stand-alone and multi-skilled response force (the National Disaster Response Force). He was also chief of the Central Industrial Security Force mandated to secure critical infrastructure and vital installations of the country. A recipient of the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Police Medal for Gallantry, Singh is recognized for his role in introducing the police commissionerate system in UP.
Known for his innovative approach to law enforcement, he had led rescue operations during the 2015 Nepal earthquake. After retirement, he has been on advisory assignments to various institutions and served as the independent external monitor for Oil India Ltd, Cochin Shipyard Ltd and the Department of Post, Government of India. He is the security and risk adviser at NatWest Group Services and CEO of the India Child Protection Fund, an organization involved in protecting children from exploitation and abuse.
Besides reading, he enjoys listening to music, travelling and mentoring young aspirants for the civil services. 
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