OP Singh takes charge as Uttar Pradesh DGP
Lucknow: O P Singh on Tuesday took charge as the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police with the officer stating that his priority would be to reduce the response time of police in reaching a spot of crime.
Singh, a 1983-batch IPS officer, was relieved as the CISF chief on Sunday. Speaking at a press conference here after assuming office, the top cop said it was an hon our for him to head the police force of the country's largest state.
"I will try to ensure that the response time of police is reduced (in reaching spots of crime). There should be fair and quality probe. I will discuss it with my officers. I have a good team and am ready to face the challenges ahead," he said.
Singh will serve the post for two years i.e. till 2020.
"Everyone in the state will be given security and professionalism will be ensured in the force," he asserted.
The post of the UP DGP has been lying vacant for over a fortnight after Sulkhan Singh retired on December 31.
Singh, a gallantry medal winner, was heading the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) since September, 2016, and is given the credit for ushering in some major changes in the work profile and operations of the force, especially in the aviation sector.
Under his initiative last year, the force did away with the traditional system of putting tags on air passengers' hand baggage, a move seen as a major game changer in the airport security domain.
He also initiated simpler flying procedures for specially-abled passengers after talking to representative groups of such passengers. CISF provides security cover to nuclear installations, space establishments, airports, seaports, power plants, sensitive government buildings and heritage monuments. Before heading the CISF, Singh has served as the chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
He led his men from the front in a number of relief and rescue operations, including the massive earthquake in Nepal in April, 2015.