Maxwell Francis Joseph Pereirakamath

By Maxwell Pereira
mfjpkamath@gmail.com

Maxwell 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.

Pereirakamath 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.

Known 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.

Called 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).

Outside 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.

Pereirakamath 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, and Chicago.

A 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 of Technology.

Involved 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.

Professional Career

Practiced 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.

Appointments Held

From 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 Capital City.

Teaching Experience

Visiting faculty member at:

The 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 Delhi Police.

Areas of Expertise & Specialisation

Administration
Personnel Management
General Policing
Criminal Law and Legal Applications
Investigations
Traffic Management
Crime Control
Public Relations
Media Management

 

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