Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma (IPS:1986:OR) on Thursday took over as new DGP of Odisha. He replaced Kunwar Brijesh Singh who was simultaneously posted as CMD, Odisha State Road Transport Corporation.
While taking the charge he said “Our chief objective is to bring more transparency and transformation in work of the police. The 3Ts formula of CM Naveen Patnaik- transformation, transparency and team work- are also is equally applicable to police. We will look forward towards effective use of new technologies to deal with the crime and support continuous training programmes to handle the criminals.”
Last year in January 2016, Dr. Prasad was elevated to the DG rank and posted as DG, Vigilance. In 2004 he proceeded on Central deputation during which he held prestigious positions with National Security Guard (NSG). Between 2004 and 2013, he was elevated from DIG to IG at the special forces unit of the country. He also served with the UN in its Support Mission in Haiti as well as the drug administration.
Upon his return from Central deputation, Dr. Sharma was appointed as Police Commissioner of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack in August 2013. During his tenure as the police chief of the twin city, he brought in several citizen initiatives which got the Commissionerate of Police FICCI Awards for smart policing in Women Safety and Elderly Safety.
In his stint as Police Commissioner, Pink Auto service was introduced while women support centre ‘Maadhyam’, self-defence training to girl students and working women and ‘Mo Saathi’ mobile application for women in distress, was launched.
Prasad, a native of Rajasthan’s Ajmer district, is a doctor by qualification and also holds a law degree. That apart, he has a French Fellowship in HIV Medicine and an M Phil degree on his CV.