Arif H. Shaikh: Inducing People’s Trust in Community Policing..
Arif H. Shaikh, the first cop to win two International Association of Chiefs of Police Awards deemed as the Oscars of community policing, for his unique style at policing. “Only empowering the locals and taking them along in this fight for justice will give us sustainable results and help rebuild people’s trust in the police again” says Mr. Shaikh.
Hailing from Pune, Maharashtra, currently a resident of Bilaspur, meet Officer Mr. Arif H. Shaikh an ardent IPS officer. Born in Pune, Mr. Shaikh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering ( Electronics and Telecommunication). He began his career with HCL technologies and worked there for 4 years. After which he appeared for civil services and qualified as an IPS in 2005 in his first attempt. He is a fourth generation Officer of his family, his great grandfather, grandfather and father have all loyally served the nation. This is what motivated him to join the force. He then got married to Mrs. Shammi, his beautiful wife, an IAS officer now a Collector of Raigarh. This power duo are all in when it comes to serving the public of India.
Currently posted in Bilaspur district as Senior Superintendent of Police, he was Initially assigned the Manipur-Tripura cadre. He has worked in Gariyaband, Dhamtari, Janjgir-Champa, Balod, Balodabazar and Bastar district of Chhattisgarh as Superintendent of Police. He has also worked as SP in Special Task force, an elite force fighting Left wing extremism in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
What makes Shaikh one of his kind is his non-traditional way of performing his duties. He believes in being proactive and performing in a partnership with the locals of the region. His focus is on taking the community ahead and make the people happy. His ideologies form the basis of community policing which by definition is “the system of allocating police officers to particular areas so that they become familiar with the local inhabitants”. Shaikh believes to have carved a niche for himself in the arena of sustainable policing and has received two awards for it. With this rare and unique practice, his team has successfully lowered road accidents, cyber crime and sexual crimes against women.
From his list of achievements, here’s a few: He has received the prestigious International IACP award for Community Policing twice in 2016 and 2017 in San Diego and Philadelphia, USA respectively for his exemplary work in Balod and Bastar.
He has also received the Security watch India award in 2016 for excellence in community policing in Balod, the FICCI award for women safety in 2018 for his initiative Samvedna in Bilaspur. He has been invited by the IACP president Louis Dekmar in the Dekmar Trust initiative launched by him to advise to build trust among black and minority communities in USA for which he has attended the first meet in January 2018 in Washington DC. His paper on tackling Economic offences pertaining to Ponzi schemes has been published in the prestigious National Police Academy Journal in August 2016. His paper pertaining to Community policing initiatives has been published recently in the Indian police science congress journal, Chennai.