BENGALURU: We rarely find time for family, says Additional Commissioner of Police, East, P Harishekaran. The officer, who recently won the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service, had a quick chat with City Express.
Why did you join government service?
It is prestigious and it comes with social recognition. Also, we get ample opportunity to to serve people. My father, who was a politician, and my grandfather-in-law Kakkanji also inspired me to pursue this career.
How was your first day at work?
My first appointment was as the Assistant Superintendent of Police of Arasikere Sub Division in Hassan. I felt the weight of power handed over to me and knew that I would have to spend it responsibly.
Your best memory, or any fond memory at work ?
When I was working as the Superintendent of Police, Chamaraja Nagar, I was also part of the anti-Veerapan operation. I have many fond memories from those days, such as the arrest of Nakkeeran Gopal, photographer Shiva Subramanyan and Kolathur Mani. Lot of time and efforts went into these operations but the training I had received and teamwork helped me succeed.
One challenge you faced?
I have faced a lot of them, even from my first year in 1996. More recently, the Rudresh murder case. I was under a lot of pressure, from various quarters, to catch the culprits quickly because the incident was sensational. I was working through nights and finished at 4 or 5 am, and reported back at work the same morning. During this, both my children were hospitalised for five days and I could visit them only once. My team’s hardwork helped us crack the case in one week and I received appreciation from various quarters, including from the CM.
How do you deal with a difficult political boss?
When a policeman is unpolitical, no politicians can fight him.
An advice for citizens?
Bengaluru City Police has a full-fledged social-media wing. I request the public to use social media to connect with the police department. If you run into any law and order problem or witness any such incident, use social media to report it as soon as possible.
How do you deal with corruption in your department?
If we receive any complaint against an officer, he or she will be dealt with in accordance with the law... without any favor or fear.
How do you spend time with your family?
As a police officer, I hardly get time to spend with them.