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Maxwell Francis Joseph Pereirakamath

Maxwell Pereirakamath, a Mangalorean, was born in Salem (Tamil Nadu), India, on 3 October 1944, the son of Ligoury Bernard Pereira (of the Bajpe Kuntala-kambla Pereirakamath lineage) and Stella Eleanora D'Souza. He
received his early education at Mangalore's St. Aloysius Schools before taking the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Bangalore University. Further study led to a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of New Delhi in 1975.

Pereirakamath began his government service in the year 1970. Prior to this, he managed his father's Coffee Estates in Sakleshpur and was an Advocate in the Bangalore Courts from 1967 to 1970.

Known for his no-nonsense approach to curbing anti-social elements and rioters and for bringing order to chaotic conditions on city roads in Delhi, Pereirekamath belongs to the Union Territories Cadre of the I.P.S. He has worked with the Delhi, Sikkim and Mizoram police in various capacities, specialising in criminology, administration, police community relations, traffic management/road safety, and the management of public offices, productivity and personnel. He has attended seminars and conferences in various parts of the world, visiting the countries of Japan, Singapore, the U.K., Canada, and the U.S.A.

Called the "High Profile Cop" of the Delhi Police, Pereirakamath’s thirty-five year career as a police officer has been littered with laurels, He has nine national and four regional award adorning the lapel of his uniform, making him one of the most highly decorated police officers in India. Also a thoroughbred field officer with a reputation for taking the bull by the horns, he has received the Indian Police Medal for Gallantry (1979), the Police Medal for Meritorious Services (1987) and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services (1995).

Outside of his profession, Pereirakamath has been a Managing Committee Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport of the U.K. (India Chapter): an Executive Committee Member of the Automobile Association of Upper India (New Delhi); a member of the Traffic Engineering Committee for the Indian Roads Congress; and a life member of the Indian Society of Criminology, the Criminal Justice Society of India, and the Institute of Road Safety Education . At various stages of his career, he has held the positions in the State Transport Authority of Delhi and the Technical Committee of the Delhi Development Authority, as well.

Pereirakamath has had occasion to interact on sponsored international programmes and projects with Scotland yard and other police forces in the United Kingdom, the Japanese, Hong Kong, and Singapore Police, the Metropolitan Police forces of Washington and New York City, and the Seattle Administration in the United States. Also, as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Delhi Y.M.C.A., he has interacted with Y.M.C.A.’s in London, Nottingham, Glasgow, Washington, New York, Seattle, Vancouver, and Chicago.

A man of diverse interests and many facets in addition to his legal background, Pereirakamath is best known for his ever approachable and helpful attitude. He has also been a visiting faculty member at various institutions in India, including the Indian Institute of Public Administration, the National Police Academy, National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, various Police Training Colleges, the National Institute of Highway Safety and the Indian Institutes of Technology.

A prolific writer and much sought-after speaker, he has been widely interviewed on All-India Radio and the Indian Television Channels of Doordarshan (as well as other such TV Networks as NDTV, AajTak, CNN, BBC, ABN and STAR), with well over 250 television appearances to date. His versatility as a writer has earned him the nickname of "The Thinking Policeman," and his write-ups and articles have appeared in such national dailies as the Times of India, the Hindustan Times, the Indian Express, the Statesman, and the Pioneer. His book, Road Safety for Schools, was published by the MacMillan Company of India in 1976, and he is currently working on a book on "Criminality in Politics", based on the volatile Indian political scenario. Another book on "Sensational Crimes of Delhi" is to be published shortly.

With President Kalam

Professional Career Practiced law as an advocate from 1967-1970 in Bangalore courts. Also worked as a manager in Magadi and Sunderban Coffee Estates, Sakleshpur, India from 1969-1970. Since 1970, he is working for Government of India as a member in the Indian Police Services.

Appointments Held

From 1972-1975, he was appointed as Assistant Commissioner of Police in field assignments including District Policing and traffic in Delhi. He served as the first Superintendent of Police for Sikkim after its merger with the Indian Union from 1976-1980. Then for a year, he worked as Director Vigilance and Security in the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (a Public Sector Undertaking of the government). In 1981, he was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Police in the north and south districts of Delhi and he worked for the same till 1987. From 1987-1989, he served as Assistant Inspector General of Police and Chief Vigilance Officer in Mizoram. There on till 1994, he was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delhi in the traffic and CID Crime Branch Units. From 1994-1997, he was the Additional Commissioner of Police, Delhi, in New Delhi and Southern Ranges. From 1997-2000 as Inspector General of Police, for the Union Territory of Pondicherry. A stint in France on a fellowship of the French Govt for Research on Frnch Colonial Policing in India for six months in 2000 in Paris and Aix-en-Provence; on return to Delhi, as in charge of General Administration at Delhi Police HQs, before once again being saddled with the Traffic portfolio as Joint Commissioner. Pereira's last position from 2003-2004 October, was as the Joint Commissioner of Police for the New Delhi Range of the Capital City.

Teaching Experience

Visiting faculty member at:

The Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
The School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
National Institute of Criminology of Forensic Science.
National Institute of Criminology of Forensic Science.
The Police Training College, Delhi Police.
The Training School of the Delhi Development Authority, New Delhi.
The Intelligence Bureau Training School, New Delhi.
The Organisation Development Cell & Road Safety Cell of the Delhi Police.

Areas of Specialisation -


Personnel Management
General Policing
Traffic Management
Crime Control
Public Relations
Media Management
Maxwell Pereira is retiring from his position on 31st October, 2004. On the eve of his retirement, he has written a 'Bidding Adieu….. !'. Please CLICK HERE to read this article

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ajay sehgal, DelhiMonday, July 18, 2011
We all know you well and your distinguished services. my father also received two medals (Meritorious & Distinguished)services from Delhi Police but I do not find his name on net. Pl do something for all such Officers without approach.
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