NOIDA: Laxmi Singh, an IPS officer of the 2000-batch, has many distinctions to her name.
On Wednesday, she will become the first woman to take charge as a police commissioner in UP, nearly three years after the state started its first commissionerates in Gautam Budh Nagar and Lucknow. She will also become Noida’s second police commissioner, taking the reins from Alok Singh, a 1995-batch IPS officer who is moving to the DGP’s office in Lucknow as the additional director-general of police.
A BTech in mechanical engineering and a Masters graduate in sociology, the outgoing Lucknow Range IG has served as SP/SSP in Varanasi, Chitrakoot, Gonda, Farrukhabad, Baghpat, and Bulandshahar.
In 2013, she was promoted to deputy inspector-general of police, and five years later, handed the IG rank.
Singh also has a home in Gautam Budh Nagar, though her only police posting in the district — as the DIG of the special task force — was brief, from January to March 2018.
Singh was also the first woman IPS topper (overall rank 33) in the UPSC exams.
She was adjudged the best probationer at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and was also awarded the Prime Minister’s silver baton and the home minister’s pistol during her training.
Among her collection of medals is also the UP chief minister’s excellence in police service, awarded to her last year.
The 2000-batch IPS officer has been in the limelight for police action against mafia and organised crime.
One of her batch mates, who wished to remain anonymous, told TOI that Singh maintains a diary listing out criminal incidents that took place in her jurisdiction.
According to police officials, she played an important role in pacifying protesters when violence broke out during the farmers’ agitation in Lakhimpur Kheri in October last year. It was this response that earned her the chief minister’s excellence in police service medal, they said.
Singh was also part of the investigation into the deaths of two Dalit girls (13 and 16), who had been poisoned along with their 17-year-old sister, in Unnao last year. Police had arrested a 28-year-old man, who had allegedly planned to kill the eldest sister after she spurned his advances.
The newly appointed Noida police chief is married to Rajeshwar Singh, the BJP MLA from Sarojini Nagar in Lucknow who was previously a joint director at the Enforcement Directorate.

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