Patna: The state government on Thursday appointed senior police officer Gupteshwar Pandey as the new chief of state police in the place if outgoing Director General of Police (DGP) K S Dwivedi who officially retired from active service today.

A 1987-batch IPS officer, Pandey was appointed from a pool of 12 senior police officers from Bihar cadre whose names were sent to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). With his appointment, he becomes the 51st DGP of Bihar.

According to a recent Supreme Court guideline, a DGP can stay in one place for no more than two years.

Speaking at a simple function at the police headquarters, the outgoing DGP welcomed his successor who delivered the same speech that several of his predecessors and other senior police officers including Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) and SPs have given in the past.

“My first and foremost priority is to get a grip on crime by catching criminals and sending them to jail. For this, we are going to form a team consisting only of senior IPA officials. Those who fail to perform their duties and their oath of office will not be tolerated and serious actions would be taken against them,” Pandey said, who was earlier posted as DG (Training) and was also recently entrusted with the additional charge of DG at the Bihar Police Academy in Ragjir.

According to the new Supreme Court guidelines, an IPS officer must have a least two years of service left in order to be eligible for the post of DGP.

Pandey, who is set to retire on February 28, 2021, has a Master’s degree in Sanskrit from Patna College from the class of 1981.

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