Maxwell Francis Joseph
By Maxwell Pereira
Pereirakamath, a Mangalorean, was born in Salem (under the erstwhile
Madras Presidency, now Tamil Nadu), India, on 3 October 1944 -
a son to Ligoury Bernard Pereira (of the Bajpe Kuntala-kambla
Pereirakamath lineage) and Stella Eleanora D'Souza. He received
his early education at Mangalore's St. Aloysius School before
taking his Bachelor of Science (St. Joseph's graduating class
of '65) and Bachelor of Laws (Govt. Law College - graduating class
of '67) degrees from Bangalore University. Further study led to
a Diploma in Business Administration from New Delhi in 1975.
began his government service in the year 1970. Prior to this,
he managed his father's Coffee Estates in Sakleshpur and was an
Advocate in the Bangalore Courts from 1967 to 1970.
for his no-nonsense approach to curbing anti-social elements and
rioters and for bringing order to chaotic conditions on city roads
in Delhi, Pereirekamath belongs to the Union Territories Cadre
of the prestigious Indian Police Service (IPS). He has worked
with the Delhi, Sikkim, Mizoram and Pondicherry police in various
capacities, specialising in criminology, administration, police
community relations, traffic management/road safety, and in management
of public offices, productivity and personnel. He has attended
seminars and conferences in various parts of the world, visiting
the countries of Japan, Singapore, the U.K., Canada, the U.S.A.,
France and elsewhere.
the 'High Profile Cop' of the Delhi Police, Pereirakamath's nigh
thirty-five year career as a police officer has been littered
with laurels, He has nine national and four regional awards adorning
the lapel of his uniform, making him one of the most highly decorated
police officers in India. Also a thoroughbred field officer with
a reputation for taking the bull by the horns, he is the recipient
of the Indian Police Medal for Gallantry (1979), the Police Medal
for Meritorious Services (1987) and the President's Police Medal
for Distinguished Services (1995).
his profession, Pereirakamath has been a Managing Committee Member
of the Chartered Institute of Transport of the U.K. (India Chapter):
an Executive Committee Member of the Automobile Association of
Upper India (New Delhi); a member of the Traffic Engineering Committee
for the Indian Roads Congress; and a life member of the Indian
Society of Criminology, the Criminal Justice Society of India,
and the Institute of Road Safety Education . At various stages
of his career, he has held the positions in the State Transport
Authority of Delhi and the Technical Committee of the Delhi Development
Authority, as well.
has had occasion to interact on international programmes and projects
with Scotland yard and other police forces in the United Kingdom,
Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore Police, the Metropolitan Police
forces of WashingtonDC and New York City, and the Seattle Administration
in the United States. Also, as a member of the Board of Directors
of the New Delhi YMCA, he has interacted with YMCA's in London,
Nottingham, Glasgow, Washington, New York, Seattle, Vancouver,
man of diverse interests and many facets in addition to his legal
background, Pereirakamath is best known for his ever approachable
and helpful attitude. He has also been a visiting faculty member
at various institutions in India, including the Indian Institute
of Public Administration, the National Police Academy, National
Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, the School of Planning
and Architecture in Delhi, various Police Training Colleges, the
National Institute of Highway Safety and the Indian Institutes
in social welfare activities as a Rotarian, a prolific writer
and a much sought-after speaker, he has been widely interviewed
on Radio and Television networks, both local and international
(..like NDTV, AajTak, CNN, BBC, CNBC, ABN, STAR and others), with
hundreds of television appearances to his credit as a panelist/expert
or consultant on varied topics and areas of expertise. His versatility
as a writer has earned him the nickname of "The Thinking
Policeman", and his write-ups and articles appear regularly
in such national dailies as the Times of India, the Hindustan
Times, the Indian Express, the Statesman, the Delhi Mid-day and
the Pioneer. His book, Road Safety for Schools, was published
by the MacMillan Company of India in 1976, and he is currently
working on "Criminality in Politics", based on the most
volatile and criminal infested Indian political scenario. Among
others in the pipeline is another book on "Sensational Crimes
of Delhi" to be published by Penguin shortly.
law as an advocate from 1967-1970 in Bangalore courts.
Also worked as a manager in the Magadi and Sunderban Coffee Estates,
Sakleshpur, India from 1969-1970.
And from 1970 to 2004, worked for the Government of India as a
member in the Indian Police Service.
1972-1975, appointed as Assistant Commissioner of Police in field
assignments including District Policing and traffic in Delhi.
Served as the first Superintendent of Police for Sikkim after
its merger with the Indian Union from 1976-1980. Then for a year,
he worked as Director Vigilance and Security in the Delhi State
Industrial Development Corporation (a Public Sector Undertaking
of the government). In 1981, he was appointed as Deputy Commissioner
of Police to work first in the north and then in the south districts
of Delhi till 1987. To Mizoram then, from 1987-1989, as Assistant
Inspector General of Police and Chief Vigilance Officer for the
State. There on till 1994, appointed as Deputy Commissioner of
Police, Delhi in the traffic and CID Crime Branch Units. From
1994-1997, he was the Additional Commissioner of Police, Delhi,
in the New Delhi and Southern Ranges. From 1997-2000 as Inspector
General of Police, for the Union Territory of Pondicherry. A stint
in France on a fellowship of the French Govt. for Research on
French Colonial Policing in India for six months in 2000 in Paris
and Aix-en-Provence. On return to Delhi, as in charge of General
Administration at Delhi Police HQs for a while, before once again
being saddled with the Traffic portfolio as Joint Commissioner.
Pereira's last position from 2003 July to 2004 October, was as
the Joint Commissioner of Police for the New Delhi Range of the
faculty member at:
Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
The National Police Academy
The School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
National Institute of Criminology of Forensic Science.
The Police Training College, Delhi Police.
The Training School of the Delhi Development Authority, New Delhi.
The Intelligence Bureau Training School, New Delhi.
The Organisation Development Cell & Road Safety Cell of the
Areas of Expertise & Specialisation
Criminal Law and Legal Applications
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