Dr. Alok Mohan, IPS

Dr. Alok Mohan, IPS
M.Sc. (Hons), M.Phil, MPM, Ph.D

Dr. Alok Mohan belongs to the elite ‘Indian Police Service’ (IPS) and is presently serving as the Director General of Police in the State of Karnataka. In more than three decades of his professional career, he has served at the top management positions in various challenging and critical assignments at the State, National and International levels. He has also been on the ‘Board of Directors’ of six of the important Public Sector Companies in the state.

Dr. Alok Mohan has a glorious record of personal and professional excellence. He is well recognized for his pragmatic, analytical and strategic abilities. He has been awarded with many coveted national and international `Medals' and `Commendations'. They include the prestigious President of India Police Medal for ‘Distinguished Services’ and President of India Police Medal for ‘Meritorious Services’. He was awarded with the prestigious ‘United Nations Peace Keeping Medal’ while leading the ‘International Police Task Force’ (IPTF) in the ‘United Nations Peace Keeping Operations’ in Bosnia – Herzegovina.

Dr. Alok Mohan firmly believes in the power of knowledge and has kept his academic pursuits at par. He was awarded with the degree of ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ (Ph. D) in 2021 for his outstanding research in the domain of India’s Internal Security. He holds three Masters Degrees: Master of Science (M.Sc.) with ‘Honors’ from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee; Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Master in Public Management (MPM) from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA and Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy, Singapore University. He has been a recipient of the prestigious ‘Lee Kuan Yew Fellowship’ during his MPM Program.

Dr. Alok Mohan is a deep thinker, a powerful thought leader, affectionate mentor, able communicator and prolific writer. He has many scholarly publications in the journals of repute. Apart from his intense involvement in the professional and academic domains, he has deep interests in yoga, meditation and spiritual sciences. He likes understanding different cultures and has widely travelled both nationally and internationally.

Awards & Accolades
  • President of India Police Medal for
    Distinguished Service
  • President of India Police Medal for
    Meritorious Service
  • United Nations Medal
  • Director General’s Commendation
Academic Accomplishments

Important Academic Programs Attended

Master of Science (M.Sc.) with ‘Honors’ from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, India.

Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.

"Master in Public Management" (MPM) from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA
and Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy, Singapore University, Singapore.

Prestigious "Lee Kuan Yew Fellowship" during MPM Program.

"Doctor of Philosophy" (Ph. D) for research on the topic ‘External Factors in India’s Internal
Security: Strategies and Solutions’ from the Manipal University, India.

Important Management Programs Attended

"Advanced Management Program" (AMP) at the "Administrative Staff College of India" (ASCI) Hyderabad and
"Maastricht Institute of Management", Maastricht, Netherlands.

Field tour of the Europe and close interaction with the top managements of leading Multinationals at the
Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France and Switzerland during AMP.

"Executive Management Program" on "Leadership for the 21st century" at the "Indian Institute of Management" (IIM), Ahmadabad.

"Executive Management Program" on "Leadership and Conflict resolution" at the "Indian Institute of Management" (IIM), Kolkata.

"Executive Management Program" on "Creativity and Reinventing Leadership" at the "Indian Institute of Management" (IIM) Bangalore.

"Executive Management Program" on "Negotiation Strategies" at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.

"Executive Management Program" on "Digital and Social Media Strategies" at the "Indian Institute of Management" (IIM) Bangalore.

"Executive Management Program" on "Inner Engineering Leadership" at the "Isha Foundation", Coimbatore, India.

Important Professional Programs Attended

"Senior Command Course" with the British Police and close interaction with the "London Metropolitan Police",
"City of London Police", "Scotland Yard", "West Yorkshire Police" and "Northern Ireland Police".

"International Civilian Police" Training at the "United Nations CIVPOL Field Training Institute" at Zagreb, Croatia.

"Cyber Crimes, Cyber Laws and Cyber Forensics" Program at the "National Law School of India University", Bangalore.

"Scientific and Computer Techniques in Crime Investigation" Program at the "Indian Institute of Science", Bangalore.

"Global Legal Framework against Terrorism and Criminal Justice Response" Program by the "United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime" (UNODC) at the National Police Academy (NPA), Hyderabad.

"Terrorism in India: Evolving patterns and Police Response" National Seminar at the "State Police Academy", Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

"Strategies to Counter Left Wing Extremism" National Seminar at the "National Police Academy", Hyderabad, India.

"Functioning of Non-Banking Financial Companies" Program at the "College of Banking- Reserve Bank of India", Pune, India.

Professional Experience

Dr. Alok Mohan in his more than three decades of public service has successfully served at the top management positions in many challenging and critical assignments at the state, national and international levels. More important among such assignments are as follows:

  • Director General of Police, Prisons & Correctional Services, Karnataka State, Bengaluru :

    Dr. Alok Mohan since 1st February 2020 as Director General of Police for the state, has been heading the ‘Department of Prisons and Correctional Services’ for the State of Karnataka.

    Management of prisons is very complex and challenging. Prisons are very high on security requirements. COVID-19 pandemic since March 2021 made the prison management further complex.

    There are more than 15,000 prisoners in the 53 prisons in the state who are managed by 4000 prison and correctional services officers and staff and other specialists like medical officers, psychologists etc. Central Prison, Bangalore is India's largest Prison and houses more than 5,200 prisoners in a single campus.

    Due to intensive personnel supervision, out of box thinking and application of innovative management techniques, Karnataka Prisons remained a model on the management of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

    He has also been the Chairman for the ‘Board of Management’ for the prestigious ‘Academy of Prison and Correctional Services’ Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

    An innovative transformational reformation initiative named ‘Navchetana’ has been initiated since 26 August 2021 for the holistic physical and mental transformation as well as for skill and educational development of all the15,000+ prisoners in 53 prisons in the state.

    These measures under ‘Navchetana’ strive to enhance the self esteem and productivity of the prisoners and bring more positive atmosphere in the prisons in the state.

    Under the ‘Navchetana’ initiative mass literacy program is being run for the 7,000+ illiterate prisoners wherein the educated prisoners are the resource persons, turning prisons in Karnataka to be largest schools.

    For further educational development of the prisoners ‘National Institute of Open Schooling’ and ‘Indira Gandhi Open University have been involved.

    Yoga and meditation classes are being conducted in all the prisons by the ‘Art of Living’ and ‘Isha Foundation’. Vocational training and skill development programs are being conducted in various prisons in 25 different areas.

    For maintaining proper hygiene and food quality, all the eight central prisons in the state were awarded with 4 star rating in 2021-22 by the ’Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’ (fssai).

    To modernize prisons in the state, state of art search and surveillance equipments have been purchased in the last two years.

    Construction of eight new Prisons with state of art technical and infrastructural facilities to house 5300 additional prisoners at a cost of Rs 480 Crores has been started in last two years.

  • Additional Director General of Police, Karnataka Railway Police, Karnataka State:

    Dr. Alok Mohan from September, 2018 to January, 2020 was the Additional Director General of Police and was heading the 'Government Railway Police' for the Karnataka State.

    'Government Railway Police' in the Karnataka State is responsible for 'maintenance of law and order' and 'prevention and detection of crimes' in respect of all the railway travelers, property and premises.

    Indian Railways in the Karnataka State operates under four different 'Zonal Railways' with 394 Railway Stations, 3608 kms. of Railway lines and more than 1.2 million passengers travelling by 1232 trains every day.

    Significant improvements in the working of Government Railway Police were brought with implementation of innovative schemes towards safety and security of railway passengers.

    'Government Railway Police' performed extremely well in the areas of prevention and detection of crimes, maintenance of law and order as well as towards safety and security of railway passengers.

  • Additional Director General of Police, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Karnataka State:

    Dr. Alok Mohan from November, 2017 to September, 2018 was the Additional Director General of Police and was heading the 'Anti-Corruption Bureau' (ACB) for the Karnataka State.

    ACB is a specialized multi-disciplinary investigation and enforcement agency for action against government and public servants involved in corruption, illegal gratification and amassing of disproportionate assets/wealth.

    There are more than 600 thousand government and public sector employees working in various departments, corporations and institutions.

    There was significant improvement in the performance of ACB during his tenure. Enforcement activities against corruption increased by many fold. Systematic efforts were put on the collection of intelligence against such activities.

    To intensify the fight against corruption and to empower the public, innovative public outreach programs were organized across the state.

    To improve technical capability of the organization, a new technical cell was established in March, 2018 in the Anti Corruption Bureau.

  • Additional Director General of Police, Communication, Logistics & Modernization, Karnataka State :

    Dr. Alok Mohan during 2017 was concurrently heading the 'Communication', `Logistics' & Modernization' (CL&M) verticals for the Karnataka State Police. These three verticals are the 'mainframe' for efficient working of the state police force.

    While 'Communication' vertical is responsible for management of 'Police Wireless Systems' and the 'Police Control Rooms' across the Karnataka state, 'Logistics' vertical manages the police transport fleet in the state. 'Police Modernization' vertical deals with management of modern and state of art equipments for the State Police.

    Significant and effective changes in the management of all the three verticals were brought in.

  • Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Karnataka State:

    Dr. Alok Mohan from July, 2015 to October, 2017 was heading the 'Law enforcement machinery' of the Sate and was responsible for efficiency and effectiveness of policing in the state.

    Karnataka State Police is 100 thousand plus strong and serves a population of 60 million citizens. There are more than 1000 police stations spread across the state, supervised by the District Superintendents of Police/ Deputy Commissioners of Police, Range IGPs/ Police Commissioners and other ranks who report to the Additional Director of Police, Law and Order.

    There were many difficult and challenging `public order' and 'law and order' situations which were successfully handled by police across the state even under serious constrains.

    Serious law and order situations arising across the state out of the two important river disputes namely ‘Kaveri River’ and ‘Mahadayi River’ were handled very effectively and that brought praise from all the quarters.

    Public order situations arising out of mega-public functions by the Prime Minister of India and many VVIPs across the state were handled effectively and were provided with fool proof security arrangements under his supervision.

    Law and order situations arising out of local body elections including the Assembly and Parliamentary by-polls in the state were effectively managed. Election Commission as well as the State Government commended the peaceful conduct of elections by the State Police.

    Many innovative and people friendly policing measures were introduced in the state, including a new 'Police Beat' System for closer interaction between the police and the public during his tenure.

    There was a total crackdown against the anti-social, rowdies and organized crime in the state. Results were achieved very effectively by bringing in a new system of monitoring.

  • Additional Director General of Police, Administration, Karnataka State:

    Dr. Alok Mohan from May 2013 to July 2015 was heading the 'State Police Administration' for the Karnataka State Police which has 100 thousand plus police personnel in various ranks.

    As head of the 'Police Administration', Dr. Alok Mohan was responsible for ‘administrative’, ‘human’ and ‘financial’ management for the Karnataka State Police.

    Addl. DGP, Administration is also the Ex-officio Member-Secretary to the State Police Establishment Board (PEB) which is the Apex body towards service matters of police personnel in the state.

    A large number of innovative schemes were formulated and implemented during his tenure which brought significant improvements in the administrative efficiency, human resource and financial management for the State Police.

    An innovative health care scheme for the 100 thousand plus police personnel and their families in the state police was started which became an example for other state police forces to emulate.

    Promotions of various ranks in the police department were streamlined by ensuring that Departmental Promotion Committees (DPCs) held their meetings on time so that all eligible officers got timely promotion.

    Significant improvements were brought in the procurement process after a long gap by improving the specification for police and uniform articles. This was a big morale booster for the police personnel in the state.

    The first ‘Coffee Table Book’ on the glory and history of ‘Karnataka State Police’ was conceived and designed by him as the ‘Chief Editor’ of the book which was launched on 9th May, 2015 in the annual conference of ‘Senior Police Officers’.

    As a significant welfare measure for the police personnel, Police Canteens were established in all the police units across the state on similar lines as the Armed Forces of the Union. The first such canteen was also inaugurated on 9th May, 2015.

  • Additional Director General of Police, Internal Security, Karnataka State:

    Dr. Alok Mohan during 2013 was the Addl. DGP, ‘Internal Security Division’ for the Karnataka State. All the 'Special Operations Units’ for the State Police mandated to monitor and counter the threats coming out of activities of terrorists, anti-nationals and organized crime in the state are part of the ‘Internal Security Division’.

    'Special Operations' units include the elite Commando units ‘Garuda’ and the ‘Central for Counter Terrorism’ (CCT) headed by a Major-General from the Indian Army and the 'Anti-Naxal Commando Force’ for the jungle warfare and to counter ultra-left guerillas armed threats. There are also ‘Internal Security Field Units’ and 'Counter-Intelligence Units' for intelligence and counter-intelligence against threats emerging from the terrorists, anti-nationals and organized crime in the state.

    'Coastal Security Police’ responsible for policing the 320 Kms of the coastline and the territorial waters of the state in coordination with the ‘Coastal Guard’ and the ‘Indian Navy’ is also part of the ‘Internal Security Division’.

    Karnataka State Industrial Security Force' (KSISF)' deployed in the sensitive industrial and vital installations of the state is also part of the ‘Internal Security Division’.

    Regulation and licensing of the ‘Private Security Agencies’ is also vested with the Addl. DGP, Internal Security. A comprehensive policy framework and database was created for better regulation and management of these private security personnel who are more than five hundred thousand in the State.

    Significant improvements in all the 'Special Operations' units were brought in which included their reorganization, framing of ‘Standing Operating Procedures' (SOPs) for optimization of resources, efficient working and focused results.

    To further sharpen the operational effectiveness of the Commando Units, ‘Armored Vehicles’ and ‘Integrated Communication Systems’ were procured.

  • Inspector General of Police, Western Range, Mangalore:

    Dr. Alok Mohan during 2010 and 2011 was the Inspector General of Police, Western Range, Mangalore which included supervision over four districts of western and coastal Karnataka.

    Western Karnataka has a coast line of about 320 Kms. with three coastal districts of Karwar, Udupi and Mangalore, which are extremely sensitive from the national security point of view. Then there are the hilly 'Western Ghats' in the district of Chickmagalur, which have the complex issue of extremist violence by the armed Maoists.

    Community policing initiatives were taken in all the four districts. Violence by armed Maoists was contained by taking up both special armed operations as well as public outreach programs wherein the government machinery were brought to the doorsteps of the tribal households to redress their grievances.

    An innovative operational strategy named ‘Black Thunder’ was launched in the districts seriously affected with the armed Maoist issues which brought total containment of their activities in the region.

    Coastal Karnataka is also highly infested with organized crime and under world activities. A large number of ‘sharp shooters’ belonging to the ‘underworld’ were captured and arms were recovered from them by revamping intelligence collection and formulating a new strategy.

    ‘Sagar Kavach’ an exercise to test operational effectiveness of all the maritime, coastal security and intelligence agencies in the Coastal Karnataka was conducted under his leadership successfully in May, 2011.

  • Inspector General of Police, Vigilance & Enforcement, Energy Department, Government of Karnataka:

    Dr. Alok Mohan during 2008 and 2009 headed the 'Vigilance’ and ‘Enforcement' units for the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Companies’ for the State. These six companies employ more than 30,000 employees and have annual turnover of more than US $ 2 Billion.

    He was also the 'Government nominee' on the 'Board of Directors' of these companies’ and responsible for policy and critical performance issues concerning ‘Transmission and Distribution losses’, action against theft and pilferage of power and supervision over vigilance activities.

    'Vigilance and Enforcement' strategies in the energy sector in the state were redefined and innovative strategies were implemented which resulted in reduction in T&D losses for the power companies in the state by more than 2% and increase in revenue of the companies by more than Rs. 1000 crores.

    Number of cases booked against power theft and pilferage went up from 20,000 to more than 1,00,000 cases in a year in the state, while penalty imposed on offenders went up from Rs 200 million to Rs 1400 million in a year.

    Ministry of Power, Government of India commended these innovative enforcement strategies of the Karnataka State Power Companies and this became a model for other states to emulate.

  • Inspector General of Police, Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF), Urban Development Department, Government of Karnataka:

    Dr. Alok Mohan from 2005 to 2007 was heading the 'Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force' (BMTF) which is the 'Vigilance and Enforcement' Unit of the Urban Development Department of the State Government.

    BMTF is a multi-disciplinary unit and consists of officers drawn from the police, revenue, town planning and engineering departments of the State.

    More than 200 major operations were carried out by the BMTF in the Bangalore Metropolitan Region during the period.

    Illegally encroached Government land and properties valued at more than INR 940 Crores during the period was recovered back to the government.

  • Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Bangalore City:

    Dr. Alok Mohan during 2003 and 2004 was the Joint Police Commissioner, Crime for the Bangalore City and was responsible for all the anti-crime measures in the Bangalore City including action against organized crime and mafia elements.

    Bangalore City has a population more than 10 million and a police force of more than 20,000 with 90 police stations, 16 Assistant Commissioners of Police and 5 Deputy Commissioners of Police.

    'Bangalore City Crime Branch' consisting of several specialized ‘Anti-Crime Police Units’ as well as the ‘City Crime Records Bureau’ were directly working under Dr. Alok Mohan's supervision.

    He was responsible for implementation of a proactive, comprehensive and effective action plan towards prevention and detection of crime in Bangalore City after systematic study and analysis of crime pattern. This improved the quality of investigation and police response to crime by police.

    ‘City Crime Branch’ was restructured. Many 'citizen Centric' schemes including 'Neighborhood Watch Scheme' and 'Electronic Beat System' were introduced in the Bangalore city during this period.

    He is credited with many innovative 'anti-crime' measures in the Bangalore City including a `Proactive Crime Mapping Strategy' which brought an effective control over organized crime activities in the Bangalore city.

  • Deputy Inspector General of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Karnataka State:

    Dr. Alok Mohan during 2001 and 2002 was the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for the Karnataka State. He was heading the `Economic Offences' and the 'Cyber Crime Wings' of the State CID.

    His responsibilities included supervision over investigation of major ‘Fraud and Cheating’ cases, ‘Intellectual Properly’ cases, ‘Counterfeit Currency’ cases, and action against 'organized crime' in the state.

    The first Cyber Crime Police Station in the country was established in July 2002 in Bangalore under the State CID due to the initiative of Dr. Alok Mohan. He was responsible for building up of the technical and legal expertise as well as infrastructural requirements for the newly established Cyber Crime Police Station.

  • Asst. Inspector General of Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi:

    Dr. Alok Mohan from 1994 to 1998 served as the Asst. Inspector General of Police (AIGP) at the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Headquarters in New Delhi under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

    CISF is a 'Central Paramilitary Armed Force' of the Union of India, with more than 150 thousand personnel, and is mandated to provide security to all the sensitive and important public sector undertakings in the country.

    He headed various important units at the CISF HQ. which included` Crime', `Vigilance' , ' Operations' , ' Intelligence ' and 'Personnel Management' units.

    While heading the 'Operations' branch, at the CISF HQ. he was also the ‘Commandant' for 3000 CISF personnel deployed on the 'Internal Security' and VVIP duties in the national capital city of Delhi.

    He was awarded twice the 'Director General's Commendation Disc' for his extraordinary performance while working in CISF.

  • Commander, International Police Task Force (IPTF), United Nations Peace Keeping Operations in Bosnia - Herzegovina:

    Dr. Alok Mohan during 1996-1997 was nominated by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to the UN Peace Keeping Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of the ‘International Police Task Force’ (IPTF) when the Civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina had just ended

    IPTF was a 'Multi-National Police Force' consisting of Police Officers from 36 different nations and was working in close association with the NATO forces, other UN and international agencies for restoration of peace and democracy in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    IPTF was mandated to 'Police the Police' of Bosnia-Herzegovina and ensure compliance of 'International Policing Standards' by them.

    During this assignment as one of the Commanders of the IPTF, he was exposed to the 'International Policing Methods'. He had close interaction with police officers of 36 nations, other United Nations agencies, NATO forces, and international agencies.

    He is credited with successful conduct of many important and sensitive operations as well as conduct of canton and federal elections in Bosnia- Herzegovina in September 1996.

    He was successful in getting close cooperation from the NATO led Implementation/ Stabilization Force (IFOR/SFOR), other UN and international agencies working in Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as local police in achieving the mandate of the mission.

  • District Superintendent of Police, Karnataka State:

    Dr. Alok Mohan between 1992 to 2001 was the District Superintendent of Police and headed ‘District Police Forces' of Bidar, Karwar, Dharwad and Bellary districts in the Karnataka State

    'District Police' are the ‘Main Administrative and Operational Field Units’ for the State Police and the role and duties of a ‘District Superintendent of Police’ as head of these units are multifarious in nature and include administrative, operational and financial supervision.

    Role and duties of a ‘District Superintendent of Police’ range from that of maintenance of law and order to prevention and detection of crimes, personnel management, maintenance of discipline and promotion of police welfare activities, redresal of the grievances of the public and proper coordination with other wings of the government.

    'District Police Units' consist of more than 1500 civil and armed police officers and men. Then there are specialized police units like cyber-crime units, forensic units etc..

    He introduced many people friendly policing measures and ensured zero tolerance towards the criminal and anti-social activities.

    There was a total crackdown on the organized crime. He is credited with busting of a drug mafia in Dharwad and seizure of drugs worth Rs 2 Crores in October 1999 while in a crackdown on organized crime in Ballary, 6 of the mafia dons were booked in November 2000 for the first time under the Organized Crime Act.

    He is credited with proper maintenance of law and order in most trying situations. His exemplary handling of communal violence in December 1992 in Bidar and in October 1993 in Karwar were highly appreciated.

  • Superintendent of Police, State Intelligence, Karnataka State:

    Dr. Alok Mohan during 1999 served as the Superintendent of Police at the State Intelligence Headquarters, Bangalore and was responsible for intelligence gathering, analysis and it’s dissemination to the police field units.

  • Deputy Commandant General Home Guards and Civil Defense:

    Dr. Alok Mohan during 1994 served as the Deputy Commandant-General of the ‘Home Guards and Civil Defense’ organization for the Karnataka State. His responsibilities included administrative, operational and financial management of the 'Home Guards' and ‘Civil Defense' organizations for the state.

    There are more than 20 thousand Home Guards volunteers enrolled in various districts across the state who are deployed to aid the state police in critical situations. Similarly, civil defense volunteers help police during emergency situations.

  • Asst. Inspector General of Police, Crime at the State Police Headquarters:

    Dr. Alok Mohan during 1992 served as the Asst. Inspector General of Police (AIGP), Crime and Staff Officer to the Head of State Police Force at the State Police Headquarters, Bangalore.

    His duties included monitoring of crimes at the state level as well as coordination with all the police units in the state on anti-crime measures.

    On his initiative a new 'crime monitoring system' at the State Police Headquarters for efficient real time management of crimes in the state.