RP Sharma takes charge as fourth commissioner of police

Bhubaneswar: Senior IPS officer Rajendra Prasad Sharma assumed office on Tuesday as the new police commissioner of twin-city replacing Sunil Roy. Sharma is the fourth officer to hold the top post of commissionerate police.
 
Soon after taking charge, Sharma informed media that prevention and detection of crimes would be his top priority. In the wake of spurt in crime against women, the 1986 batch IPS officer said he would try to provide maximum security to the women in twin cities, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
 
Sharma who was on central deputation since 2004 as IGP, National Security Guard, had served as an 'anti-corruption and crime prevention expert' with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He had also served with the UN Peacekeeping Mission. Sharma was SP, Balasore, and DIG (central range) before leaving on central deputation.
 
According to sources, it would be a challenge for the new commissioner to maintain law and order in the two cities as crimes like murder, firing, extortion, burglary and snatching are on the rise.
 
Incidentally, a city based builder was shot dead by armed miscreants on the day when Sharma was appointed as the commissionerate police chief. Few days ago, a private bus owner was shot at by miscreants in Cuttack.