Senior IPS Officer RR Swain to lead as JK UT Police Chief

The veteran cop’s exceptional honesty, achievements define his career

SRINAGAR, OCT 27: Senior IPS officer R.R. Swain, currently serving as Special DG in J&K Police, has been assigned additional responsibilities as the Director General of the Jammu & Kashmir Police, effective from November 1.

“With the approval of competent authority, Shri R R Swain, IPS (AGMUT 1991), presently posted as Special DG (CID), Jammu and Kashmir, will also function as in-charge Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, in addition to his existing charge with effect from November 1, 2023 and until further order,” the order said.

Swain’s career is distinguished by his unwavering dedication, tireless efforts, and relentless pursuit of excellence.

Throughout his journey in the Indian Police Service, Swain’s deep-rooted desire to serve his country was inspired by the heroic stories of police officers that he admired in his formative years.

As he will take the role of the new Police Chief, his mission is to revitalize the relationship between the police force and the public, ensuring that he is not just an officer but also a guardian of their hopes and dreams.

During his entire service, Swain has worked diligently to maintain law and order while also prioritizing community development and social initiatives. His appointment to this role, which officially begins on November 1, will see him succeed Dilbag Singh, the longest-serving Police Chief of Jammu and Kashmir.

Swain’s reputation as an exceptionally honest officer precedes him, and his career is adorned with numerous achievements. Notably, he has served as the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in both Srinagar and Jammu, the capital cities of the region.

With over 15 years of service on central deputation, Swain has demonstrated his capabilities in various roles, including a foreign posting, a distinction reserved for officers who excel in their respective fields.

Swain’s career is marked by his unwavering commitment to serving in challenging circumstances. Notably, he served as SSP Srinagar from 2001 to 2003, during the peak of terrorism, and subsequently as SSP Jammu from 2003 to 2004. Swain’s tenure has encompassed other pivotal roles, including SSP positions in Ramban, Poonch, and Leh.

Recognized for his steadfast honesty and dedication, Swain has also made valuable contributions to the J&K Vigilance organization as Assistant Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General of Police from 2004 to 2006.

Following this, Swain embarked on a central deputation, taking on diverse responsibilities, including a foreign posting, which underscores his exceptional capabilities.

In June 2020, upon the J&K government’s request, Swain returned to serve in Jammu and Kashmir. On June 15, he was appointed as the intelligence chief of J&K, succeeding B. Srinivas, a 1990 batch J&K cadre IPS officer, who had been posted as DGP of Pondicherry.

Under Swain’s leadership as the intelligence chief, he successfully dismantled the networks that supported and fuelled terrorism. This led to the end of the menace of stone pelting, and normalcy returned to schools and businesses in the region. His strategy emphasized not only eliminating terrorists but also identifying and bringing to justice those who provided them shelter and support.

Swain’s efforts to cut off funding channels to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism played a pivotal role in reducing terrorism in J&K. One of his notable achievements was the establishment of the State Investigation Agency (SIA) in November 2021 to combat terrorism. Swain’s vision led to his appointment as the first director of SIA, which has since been actively investigating various terror-related cases, including narco-terrorism.

Swain’s dedication to promoting non-violence and dispelling fear from the hearts and minds of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is evident. Notably, he previously served as SSP in Ramban during K. Rajendra’s tenure as DIG and as SSP in Srinagar during K. Rajendra’s role as Inspector General of Police in the Kashmir Zone.

As he will take the role of the J&K Police Chief, his exemplary career and commitment to the well-being of the people will reflect a promise of continued dedication to justice and security in the region.

Swain stands as a beacon of hope for Jammu and Kashmir, dedicated to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and prosperity of its residents.

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