Mangaluru, Apr 18, 2018 : The newly appointed Commissioner of Mangaluru City Police, Vipul Kumar took charge of his position this evening from outgoing Commissioner T. R. Suresh. The formal handing over of charge of the Mangaluru City Police Commissionerate is normally held with much fanfare in the full glare of the media, but this time the formalities seem to have been kept low profile due to the forthcoming state assembly elections.
Transfers of government officers are normally not done once elections are announced. To the surprise of all, the State Government had on Monday April 16 abruptly issued orders for transfers of several top police officers. The list included IPS officer Vipul Kumar who was named as the new City Police Commissioner of Mangaluru in the place of incumbent IPS officer T R Suresh, who is yet to be allotted a new posting.
It is learned that the current spate of transfer of police top brass has been undertaken by the state government on the directions of the Election Commission which is charged with enforcing the model code of conduct during the election.
A native of Jehanabad in Bihar and an MTech degree holder, Vipul Kumar is an 1999 batch IPS officer. He is said to be gifted with the knowledge of several languages. This is his first posting in Mangaluru and he will be performing dual roles of Mangaluru City Commissioner as well as Inspector General of Police (IGP), Western Range. He was previously serving as the IGP and Director of Karnataka Police Academy in Mysuru.
The outgoing Commissioner T R Suresh had taken charge in June 2017 and is yet to complete his first year in office. He was a recipient of President’s Police Medal. All the city police commissioners so far have served an average of one year on the job before getting transferred.
Soon after taking charge, Vipul Kumar expressed his commitment to maintain peace and harmony in the region.