Police will be citizen-friendly: CoP Vishwanathan

By NT Bureau Published on May 15, 2017 03:34 PM IST

Chennai: The city police got a new chief today, with Additional Director General of Police AK Viswanathan taking charge as the Commissioner.

Returning Chennai from the United States yesterday, Viswanathan, who assumed charge at the Commissionerate at Veperey here today, told the media that the police will remain ‘citizen-friendly’ and address grievances at a fast rate. "We will maintain a good rapport with the public. Schemes initiated by the former Commissioners will continue to benefit the people," he said.

Viswanathan is the 106th Commissioner of Chennai.

A 1990 batch IPS officer, Viswanathan earlier served Additional Commandant General Of Home Guards, Superintendent of Police, Madurai and Superintendent of Police, Special Branch in State Intelligence Deputy Inspector General of Police, Special Branch CID.

He had also served as City Police Commissioner of Coimbatore, during which he received appreciations for his service. A native of Erode, Viswanathan is a third generation police officer in the family and his wife, Seema Agarwal, is an ADGP rank officer in the Tamilnadu police.

Viswanathan’s father P Aiyasamy joined the police department as a Sub-Inspector and retired as a Superintendent of Police. His grandfather R Perumal was a Head Constable. Viswanathan has a PhD in Criminal law from Madras University and was the recipient of President’s police medal for meritorious service in 2006.