13 January 2003

Kiran Bedi of India Appointed Civilian Police Adviser in Department of Peacekeeping Operation

NEW YORK, 10 January (UN Headquarters) -- The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the appointment of Kiran Bedi of India as the new Civilian Police Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Kiran Bedi was, before this appointment, Special Commissioner (Intelligence) with the Delhi Police. She has also served as Joint Commissioner for Police Training in Delhi, Inspector General of Prisons in Delhi, and Inspector General of Police in Chandigarh. She was the first female police officer in India when she joined the Indian Police Service in 1972.

She has been honoured with numerous awards, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award (Philippines) for Government Service, the Joseph Beuys Foundation Award (Germany) for Holistic and Innovative Management, and the Morrison Tom Gitchoff Award (United States) for actions that have significantly improved the quality of justice in India.

In 1979, she was awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry for conspicuous courage.

She holds a law degree, a master's degree in political science, and a PhD in the field of drug abuse and domestic violence. She will take over from Acting Civilian Police Adviser Antero Lopes of Portugal.

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