By Maxwell Pereira

Mr. Maxwell Pereirakamath was born on 3 rd October, 1944 and schooled at Mangalore's St.Aloysius. He then took degree with a B.Sc. and Bachelors in Law from Bangalore University and holds a diploma in Business Administration besides being in the Indian Police Service currently. Prior to joining government service in the year 1970, he managed his father's Coffee Estate in Sakleshpur and was an Advocate in the Bangalore Court from 1967 to 1970.

Known for his no-nonsense approach to curbing anti-social elements and rioters and bringing order to chaotic conditions on city roads in Delhi, Maxwell belongs to the Union Territories Cadre of the I.P.S. and has worked with Delhi, Sikkim, Mizoram Police in various capacities. After a stint as the Chief of Police for Pondicherry, he is currently disciplining Delhi's Traffic as the Joint Commissioner of Police for Traffic in Delhi. With various training programms under his belt within Relations, Traffic Management and Road Safety, in Management of Public Offices, Productivity and Personnel etc. In addition, he has attended seminars and conferences in various part of the world including Japan, Singapore, U.K., Canada and in the U.S.A.

Called the "high profile cop" of Delhi Police, the 31 year long career of this gutsy officer is littered with laurels. Ten national and four regional awards adorning the lapel of his uniform have made him one of the most highly decorated Police Officers in the country. A thoroughbred field officer with reputation for taking the bull by his horns, Maxwell is the recipient of the Indian Police Medal for Gallantry (1979), the Police Medal for Meritorious Service (1987) and the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Services(1995).

Outside his profession, Maxwell is a Rotarian; he has been a Managing Committee Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport of U.K. (India Chapter); has been on the Traffic Engineering Committee of the Indian Road Congress; a Life Member of the Indian Society of Criminology, Institute of Road Safety Education; and an Executive Committee Member of the Automobile Association of Upper India in New Delhi; and a member on the Working Group constituted by the Planning Commission on Road Accidents and Prevention of Injuries. At various stages, he also held position in the State Transport Authority of Delhi and the Technical Committee of the Delhi Development Authority. Maxwell has had occasion interact on sponsored international programmess and projects with the Nottingham Police, Scotland Yard, the London Metropolitan Police in U.K.; the Metropolitan Police of Washington, New York Metropolitan Police, the Police Academy in New York and Seattle Administration (District Attorney's Officer and the Police) in the U.S.A. As a Member of Board of Directors of the New Delhi YMCA, he has interacted with YMCAs at London, Nottingham, Glasgow, Washington, New York, Seattle, Vancouver and Chicago. A man of diverse interests and many facet, Maxwell besides his legal background being a Police Officer, is a visiting faculty member at various Institutions Including the National Police Academy, the Indian Institute of Public Administration and the school of Planning and Architecture in Delhi; the Police Training Colleges; the National Institute of High way safety and the Indian Institute of Technology. A fluent speaker and prolific writer, he has been interviewed widely on All-India Radio, the Doordarshan and a plethora of India and Foreign TV networks including CNN, BBC, ABN and STAR, with well over 250 appearances on television. His versatility as a writer having earned him a nickname of "The Thinking Policeman", his write-ups and article appear in various publications and magazine including the national dailies like the Times of India, the Hindustan Times, the Indian Express, the Statesman and the pioneer. His book "Road Safety for School" was published by the MacMillan Company of India in 1976. And he is working on some more, while researching on French Colonial Policing in India, for a Ph.D. from Mumbai University


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