Mumbai, July 1: The high standards of performance set by his predecessor in tackling terrorism would be carried forward and Mumbaikars could be assured of an effective response to any threat to the city, new Mumbai Police Commissioner Subodh Kumar Jaiswal said.
Jaiswal (55), a 1985-batch IPS officer, was deputed to the Centre as additional secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, and was serving in the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) before taking over as Mumbai police commissioner today.
Speaking to the media in the evening after taking charge, Jaiswal said that he would tackle terror in the same way that his predecessor did.
He assured people of the city that he and his team would respond to any terror threat that the city would face.
Challenges before the police remain, fundamentally, the same at all points of time, and basic policing, to deal with these challenges, also remained the same, he asserted.
Priorities never change, he said, adding that as and when certain circumstances rise, they would be dealt with accordingly.
Talking about terrorism, Jaiswal said, "I would carry forward the high standards of performance set by my predecessor."
"I have the best officers in my team and some of them I have worked with very closely. I'm aware of the developments in the city," he said.
He hailed the team spirit of the force and added that it was a matter of pride to be the police commissioner of a metropolis like Mumbai.
He added that coordination with the Centre was very good and it would remain so in the future.
Jaiswal has earlier served in the Mumbai Police and also in the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad.
While in the ATS, he had investigated the serial blasts that took place on Western Railway's suburban trains on July 11, 2006.
Over 180 people were killed in these blasts that took place during evening rush hour that day.
He was the chief of the Special Investigation Team which probed the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam and had unearthed the nexus between some top police officials and the scam accused.
Jaiswal's investigations into the case at the time had led to the arrest of a Director General of Police rank officer.
While serving as a deputy inspector general (DIG) of the ATS, Jaiswal probed the September 2006 Malegaon blast case.
Jaiswal also headed the close proximity security team of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.