Senior IPS officer Vivek Phansalkar takes charge as new police commissioner of Mumbai

Vivek Phansalkar

The Maharashtra government appointed Senior IPS officer Vivek Phansalkar as the new Mumbai police commissioner on Wednesday. He succeeded Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Pandey, who retired on Thursday.

All about Vivek Phansalkar
A 1989-batch IPS officer, Vivek Phansalkar was serving as the DG and MD of the Police Housing and Welfare Corporation, before his appointment as the Mumbai police commissioner.

In the past, Phansalkar has served as the Additional Commissioner of Police for Pune and Thane, Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief and joint commissioner traffic and administration in Mumbai city.

Phansalkar’s first posting was in 1991 as Additional Superintendent of Police, Akola. From 1993 to 1995, he was ADC to governor Dr PC Alexander. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Superintendent of Police in Wardha and Parbhani. Then from 1998 to 2000, he was posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nashik. From 2000-2003, he was Superintendent of Police, CID (crime), Nagpur.

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Phansalkar has also served as Director of Vigilance for the Cotton Corporation of India. In Mumbai, Phansalkar served as Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) and Joint Commissioner of Police (Administration) before being transferred as Additional Director General of Police, Anti-Terrorism Squad in Mumbai. In 2018, Vivek Phansalkar was appointed as the Thane police commissioner succeeding Parambir Singh.