In a strategic move announced by the State Home Department on Tuesday, Dr Ravinder Singal, a seasoned Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1996 batch, is set to take charge as the Commissioner of Police (CP) for Nagpur City. This development is part of a comprehensive state-wide reshuffle of IPS officers, signaling a shift in key law enforcement positions.
Early Career and Academic Excellence
Dr Singal’s journey is marked by unwavering dedication and a trailblazing career trajectory. Hailing from Delhi, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, complemented by LLB and PhD degrees in Management Science and Crowd Management. Commencing his career as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in Sangli in 1998, he quickly ascended the ranks, assuming pivotal roles such as DCP Headquarters and DCP (City) in Amravati by 2000.
Pioneering Roles Across Maharashtra
Nashik and Dhule: The Formative Years
His first independent posting was as the Superintendent of Police (SP) in Nashik in 2002, a role that set the stage for subsequent impactful assignments. Following a transfer to Dhule in 2004 as SP, Dr Singal continued to make significant contributions, displaying adept leadership.
United Nations Mission and Varied Responsibilities
A noteworthy chapter in his career unfolded when he served on the United Nations’ UN Kosovo team on deputation from 2005 to 2007, showcasing not only national but international policing expertise.
Nagpur Chronicles: Rise to Prominence
Additional Commissioner and Cultural Center Director
During his tenure in Nagpur city, Dr Singal took on diverse responsibilities. In 2010, he served as the Additional Commissioner of Police, solidifying his imprint on the city’s security landscape. Simultaneously, he held the prestigious position of Director of the South Central Zone Cultural Center from 2010 to 2014, demonstrating his multifaceted approach to leadership.
Mumbai Railways and Thane Stint
His career trajectory saw him appointed as the Additional CP (Crime) in Thane in 2014, followed by a swift transfer to Mumbai Railways as IGP/CP within six months. In 2015, Ravinder Singal assumed the role of IGP Police Headquarters in Mumbai, further expanding his portfolio.
Nashik Leadership and Beyond
In 2016, he became the CP of Nashik, serving commendably for almost two-and-a-half years. Dr Singal continued to ascend the ranks, becoming the IGP of the Aurangabad range from 2019 to 2020, followed by a significant appointment as the Controller of Legal Metrology from 2020 to 2023.
Unique Achievements: Beyond Law Enforcement
Before his current posting as CP in Nagpur, Ravinder Singal served as the ADG Traffic for Maharashtra. Notably, at the age of 51, he achieved a remarkable personal milestone by becoming India’s first police officer in the 50+ years category to win the title of Ironman in Vichy, France, on August 26, 2018.
Ironman Triumph: A Testament to Grit
The Ironman competition, a grueling 226-kilometer non-stop event comprising 3.8 km open water swimming, 180.2 km cycling, and 42.2 km running, witnessed Dr Singal’s tenacity. He completed the challenging course in an impressive 15 hours and 13 minutes, showcasing not only his leadership in law enforcement but also his physical prowess and determination.
In conclusion, Dr Ravinder Singal’s appointment as the Commissioner of Police for Nagpur City signifies a dynamic blend of experience, leadership, and extraordinary achievements. As he takes the helm, his diverse background and trailblazing career promise a new era for law enforcement in the region.