Sanjay Arora is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1988 batch of Tamil Nadu cadre, who took charge as the Delhi Police Commissioner on 1 August 2022, when his inter-cadre deputation was approved by the MHA. He is the second consecutive non-AGMUT cadre IPS officer to head the Delhi Police and the third since the Delhi Police Act was passed in 1978. Prior to his posting in Delhi, he served as the Director General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
Sanjay Arora hails from Rajasthan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur.
Height (approx.): 6′ 2″
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
parents and siblings
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wife and children
She is married. Not much is known about his wife and children.
Sanjay Arora, IPS, 1988 batch officer of Tamil Nadu cadre. In 1991, after receiving training from the NSG, Arora was instrumental in forming the Special Protection Group (SSG) to provide security to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, when the Tamil militant outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was at its peak. . He has also led Central Police Organizations like CRPF, BSF and ITBP in various profiles. He served as a commandant in the paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) from 1997 to 2002. From 1997 to 2000, he commanded a border-defense ITBP battalion at Matli, Uttarakhand. As a trainer, he contributed to the field of training while serving as Commandant (Combat Wing) at ITBP Academy, Mussoorie from 2000 to 2002. He has served in Tamil Nadu Police in various capacities including as Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore City. from 2002 to 2004. He has headed the Chennai City Police as Additional Commissioner (Crime and Headquarters), and Additional Commissioner (Traffic). As the Superintendent of Police (SP) of the Special Task Force, he hunted down Forest Brigadier Veerappan and for this received the Chief Minister’s Gallantry Medal for gallantry and gallant action. He was Inspector General (Special Operations) in BSF and IG (Chhattisgarh Sector) and IG (Operations) in CRPF.
Arora has also held the posts of Deputy Inspector General of Police, Villupuram Range, and Deputy Director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption. Later he was appointed as ADGP (Operations) and ADGP (Administration) in Tamil Nadu Police. In December 2021, Sanjay Arora, serving as DG ITBP, took the additional charge of DG SSB from Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra, DG SSB at SSB Force Headquarters, New Delhi. Later, he was posted as ADG (Headquarters and Operations) in CRPF and Special DG (J&K) in CRPF and finally as Director General of ITBP on 31 August 2021. He served as the Director General of ITBP till 31 July 2022. , Arora was replaced by Sujoy Lal Thosen.
On 1 August 2022, he assumed the post of Commissioner of Police, Delhi, replacing 1984-batch officer Rakesh Asthana, who retired after completing his one-year term as Delhi Police Commissioner. The inter-cadre deputation of Arora, an IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre in AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) cadre, was approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). He is due for retirement in 2025.
Awards, Honors, Achievements
- Chief Minister’s gallantry medal for gallantry and gallant action for action against the syndicate of Veerappan, a forest dacoit
- Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service (2004)
- President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (2014)
- Police Special Duty Medal
- Internal Security Medal and United Nations Peacekeeping Medal
Facts / Trivia
- Delhi Police works under the Ministry of Home Affairs and its officers are from the AGMUT cadre. Sanjay Arora’s appointment as Delhi Police Commissioner is the third time the central government has not gone for an “outsider” i.e. an officer belonging to the AGMUT cadre for the post of Delhi’s top police officer. In 1999, Ajay Raj Sharma from the UP cadre was posted as the Delhi Police Commissioner. The experiment was not repeated until Rakesh Asthana of Gujarat cadre was appointed as Delhi Police Commissioner in July 2021.